Photography and fun contests

Town of Gravenhurst in cottage country

I’m not advertising a photo contest… But,

 I’m not advertising a photo contest and I’m not advertising money for your award-winner picture. But if you ever get the opportunity to show off your photography skills, take advantage of some and all photo contests, like the ones MacLean’s or Nature have on every year.

You can learn a lot about yourself and your camera, plus show off your passionate photography skills.

PHOTO CONTEST in Cottage Country

Many moons back, a beautiful small lakefront town of Gravenhurst had a photo contest. When signing up for the contest, they said, “Here is your roll of film. You can photograph anything and everything, as long as it has something to do with the town and surroundings.”

There are beautiful lakes, not one lake, but many, tourists coming and going, old boats, a turn of the century steamer, etc. There was no shortage of photos to be taken here!

Picture of Steam Ship RMS SegwunThe famous Steam Ship RMS Segwun [the last of its kind] was moored at the dock. The fog was heavy on the lake that morning and I couldn’t get a good picture of the ship without getting my feet wet, so I took whatever photos I could and said to myself, there’s got to be more pictures to be taken other than this beautiful 100 + year old passenger steamer.     Right

Right Place at the Right Time

There was a photographer in the group that begged, borrowed or STOLE a boat and came in from the lake-side towards the pier. You could hardly see the Segwun from the fog, and as luck would have it, the fog cleared enough around the back side of the ship, with a ray of sun coming through the fog, and snap, goes his camera.

The person was ready for that split second shot.

On the awards night, all the entries were displayed and my Wife and I knew that he was the award winner. This person went the extra mile; he didn’t waste a frame and he was at the right place at the right time. And he didn’t even get his feet wet!

I got to know the good, the bad and the ugly parts of my camera and also noticed all the beauty that surrounded us.

After that contest, I knew every back alley, side road, number of street lamps, number of park benches in the town of  Gravenhurst, Ontario, Canada, and, of course,  all the coffee shops.

It was a really fun and tiring 16 hour day……. Try it sometime. Google Photo Contests for the ones around your area or online. Get recognized for your talent, train your eyes to LOOK and SEE,  you don’t have to go far to notice all the beauty around you. In today’s world, there are many places to sell and share your award-winning photos. A good place to start sharing is on social media photography groups.

Now dig your camera out of the closet, blow the dust off and let’s get cracking, I mean SNAPPING.

A photographers’ saying is:

A person will go to Japan to see all the beauty that they have to offer, and the Japanese will come here to see all the beauty we have to offer.

All you have to do is stand for a moment, look and see all the beauty that surrounds you. …  And that’s without moving a step.

 “Actually, it’s MY famous saying”                                                          

[Note] In case you’re wondering…

I came in third in that contest.

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