Sunday, May 04, 2008

Shoot the Hills - Photo Competition

Recently I had the opportunity to participate in a unique Photography Competition known as "Shoot the Hills" which takes place in Hocking Hills, located in southeast Ohio. The unique part of the contest is that it takes place over a 24 hour period, starting at 1pm on Friday and ending at 1pm on Saturday. You then turn in your film for the Film Division and have till 4pm to process your digital pictures in the Digital Divisions. Only minor Photoshop adjustments are allowed. Your pictures must be taken in a 4 county area around Hocking Hills during the 24 hour contest period. There are 3 divisions, with 6 categories in each division.

The Divisions are:
Digital Point and Shoot
Digital SLR
Film(slides)

The Categories are:
Flora
Wildlife
Human Interest in Nature
Landscape
Abstract
Photographer's Choice(voted on by the contestants)

You are allowed 5 entries in each division, with a max of two per any category, and a sixth entry in the Photographer's Choice. There were over 130 photographers entered with some in more than one division. The result is a very large number of pictures entered in the contest. I entered both the Film and the Digital SLR divisions.

Judging is done by a panel of 5 professional photographers and is done in two stages. A preliminary sort is done with about 20% of the entries in each category making in to the final round where each entry is graded individually by each judge.

It was a fun and educational experience for me. I did not place, but only missed by two points in getting an Honorable Mention in the Film-Landscape entry. I really enjoyed the adventure and am looking forward to next year. Below are my photos, also if you want more information on the contest check out: Shoot the Hills for general information and Gallery for pictures of all the winning entries.

Click on any of the pictures for a large view.


Digital SLR

Abstract



Flora


Human Interest

Photographer's Choice




Film

Abstract
Flora

Human Interest
Landscape

Wildlife

Photographer's Choice




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