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Taylor Wessing winners

I don't understand. I just don't understand why this image won.

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Re: Taylor Wessing winners

I say the same every year...

Total controversy seems to be the brief to the judges.
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Re: Taylor Wessing winners

We obviously have it all wrong then.

The winning photograph looks like almost any bog standard school photograph, except the child is looking unusually miserable for being out of class.

The third placed photograph of a man wearing a lamp shade is no better.

The second and fourth placed photographs I just don't get.

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Re: Taylor Wessing winners

Well, I wouldn't even give a second look to any of the three prised winners.
It is getting worse each year, I did used to enter, and got pretty close, but then quality was good. Wouldn't say that today though.
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Re: Taylor Wessing winners

'Celebrating mediocrity' seems to be the ethos of the 21st century, although it started a few years before the millennium in the UK.

Nowadays it seems judges, and even other photographers are more interested in EXIF data than actual photographs and their composition.

I gave up entering competitions and displaying photographs online after some clever sod complained that I had taken the photographs on a Nikon LS9000C camera, and not on the brand of the forum concerned.

How I got that camera up the hill, focused it and plugged it into the mains I shall never know.

(Google 'Nikon LS9000C' and it will make more sense.)
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Re: Taylor Wessing winners

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We obviously have it all wrong then.

The winning photograph looks like almost any bog standard school photograph, except the child is looking unusually miserable for being out of class.

The third placed photograph of a man wearing a lamp shade is no better.

The second and fourth placed photographs I just don't get.

Sorry.
Exactly what Nigel said.
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Re: Taylor Wessing winners

The first one is churned out in some form by the thousands by school photographers everywhere. Nothing special about this one. The fourth one was mentioned briefly in the papers as it was the artist's first modelling session. I've seen better pictures on this forum every day!
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The first one is churned out in some form by the thousands by school photographers everywhere. Nothing special about this one.
Maybe the photographer is hoping to get a job with Tempest Photography or suchlike?

I just hope he's been CRB checked.
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Re: Taylor Wessing winners

Hehe, that's what Art is all about

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Re: Taylor Wessing winners

Maybe my daughter should enter next year. This is a self portrait she took recently as part of a project depicting the repression and stereotyping of women for her A level course. She did her make-up herself, to achieve a manikin like appearance and reinforced this by sewing thread onto the print to represent puppet strings. I think she did quite well, not least for manoeuvring the tripod in our tiny kitchen!

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Re: Taylor Wessing winners

Very good work, but far too original for Taylor Wessing I'm afraid.
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Re: Taylor Wessing winners

Hang on guys! All of them are not that bad. Especially the profile image to be seen on this NPG page.

http://www.npg.org.uk/whatson/twppp-2016/exhibition.php

Just returned home from the NPG, with a warm glow from having my photo selected. First time entry and using my wonderful OM-D EM-5. Even you hardened blokes would have had a lump in the throat to have seen a wonderful image taken by a young man confined to a wheelchair with severe physical and other difficulties. Simply amazing and life affirming.

Oh, and one more thing, I printed 44 x 33cms for the exhibition not daring to go bigger. I needn't have worried, it looks great at about 6ft x 8ft at the exhibition entrance.

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Hang on guys! All of them are not that bad. Especially the profile image to be seen on this NPG page.

http://www.npg.org.uk/whatson/twppp-2016/exhibition.php

Just returned home from the NPG, with a warm glow from having my photo selected. First time entry and using my wonderful OM-D EM-5. Even you hardened blokes would have had a lump in the throat to have seen a wonderful image taken by a young man confined to a wheelchair with severe physical and other difficulties. Simply amazing and life affirming.

Oh, and one more thing, I printed 44 x 33cms for the exhibition not daring to go bigger. I needn't have worried, it looks great at about 6ft x 8ft at the exhibition entrance.

One happy feller.

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I agree with you that some of the entries are of a high standard; but do you really think the winners are worthy of the accolade?
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Re: Taylor Wessing winners

It's kind of difficult for me having come through the traditional camera club route, to see what others with far greater knowledge see in the photos under discussion. I see things pictorially or straight. Some of the exhibits I've seen today are truly moving once you've heard the story. The autistic girl from Mongolia, the granddaughter portraying her grandfather's decline and eventual passing, the brothel visitors.

I'm trying hard to understand what I'm presented with, I realise I may not get there, I need the narrative. So, I am trying to unlearn. One move is to step away from the RPS aesthetic with its obsession with technical perfection and almost devoid of any appreciation of the emotional impact of a photograph. I've seen enough in the last two weeks to confirm my deliberations about not renewing my membership. Fortunately, there's plenty of other exciting work out there that I'm going to try to get to grips with.

Hope this contributes to the debate.


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Re: Taylor Wessing winners

In competitions like this don't the judges publish something that explains (or justifies) why the photographs have won? personally I don't see much in them either but then what do I know. Thinking about it though actually it does give me some encouragement if shots like that can win prizes The ones Dave linked to though do have more going for them not sure why they didn't win?
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