Over the past month, I've received results from four different Photographic Society contests. Some of the results have been terrible, while others have been quite successful. I've even received a couple of gold medals -- in one case, in the same competition that otherwise shut me out. In other words, this month has been all over the map!
Here are the four contests, in the order in which I received results:
CAS Photo Academy (PSA 2023-463 India), closing 9/25/23
One judging. I entered five categories (Open Color PIDC, Open Monochrome PIDM, Face and Body PIDC, Nature ND, and Photo Travel PTD). Out of 20 possibilities, I had 2 photos accepted, a dismal rate of 10%, with no awards.
Photo Click Circuit (PSA 2023-444 Albania), closing 10/1/23
My first contest in Albania. Four judgings, in which I entered two categories: Open Color PIDC and Open Monochrome PIDM. 32 possibilities, 3 acceptances, all for the same image, meaning 7 of my 8 images weren't accepted by any of the judges. Terrible. But, that one image was given a PSA Gold Medal by one of the judges, the highest honor that can be given! Despite one of the other judges only scoring that image 13 points, four points below the requirement to even be accepted. Talk about confusing.
Click U Summer Circuit (PSA 2023-461 India), closing 9/24/23
Now that's more like it: 18 acceptances this time, in 3 judgings with five categories (Open Colour PIDC, Open Monochrome PIDM, Nature ND, Photo Travel PTD. and Portrait and Body PIDC), 60 possibilities, a 30% rate. And several awards! One image, especially, was a smash hit, with PSA Gold, Circuit Silver, and Circuit Bronze medals all awarded by different judges, rocketing this photo, in my enumeration, into the lofty status of 3rd-most-successful photo of all time! Now that's a pleasant surprise.
Bosnia (PSA 2023-509 Bosnia and Herzegovina), closing 10/15/23
One judging, six categories (Open Color PIDC, Open Monochrome PIDM, Portrait Color PIDC, Portrait Mono PIDM, Woman PIDC, and Landscapes PIDC), so 24 possibilities; five accepted, a moderate 21% rate, with one minor award.