- Learn from your journey
- Preparing your response
- What is easy to do, is easy not to do
What is your awards persona going to be? What kind of person are you now? Are you prepared to do the work so that you cope with whatever happens once those prints are entered?
Are you an emotional person? How do you feel when someone criticises your photographs? do you get defensive, or do you consider what is said with an open and curious nature?
The right mindset can be learned so that awards are not stressful or scary.
We also need to look at why photography awards exist in the first place, and the intention for them. It’s all about the challenge, the inspiration and the education.[/text_block]
TAKE IT FURTHER
It’s your turn to share your thoughts about this lesson in our Facebook community. Don’t forget to respond to the comments of others.[/text_block]
Facebook Tags for Assignments
Assignments are here for you to develop your skills. Do them all or pick and choose what resonates with you.
If you have entered awards before its time to reflect on how your felt about the process. Was it a good learning experience? Did you get angry because of the comments or judges? What did you like about it and what did you not like?
If you are thinking about entering for the first time, what is stopping you? Where is the fear coming from? Write down and brainstorm what is stopping you from having a go. Are you cash poor? Do you feel like you don’t know what you are doing? Are you worried that you will not get good scores and feel like your work is not worthy? Is it a time constraint thing?
If you do decide to take the plunge and prepare for the awards, what do you think you will need to do to prepare yourself emotionally?[/text_block]
ASSIGNMENTS IN MORE DETAIL
When you have any experience, good or bad, it’s good to reflect upon it. This will help you to do better next time. So, if you have entered awards before its time to reflect on how your felt about the process. Was it a good learning experience? Did you get angry because of the comments or judges? What did you like about it and what did you not like.
Many people haven’t entered before and want to know what it was like. Take a few minutes and add some insight for the group to learn from.
Here are some questions that you might like to ask yourself to help write this post
What competitions have you entered?
What type of images did you enter?
How did you feel about the images before you entered?
How did you feel about the images after judging?
Did entering make you see the images differently?
Looking back what was the biggest thing you learned from entering a competition?
Use the tag #PreviousCompExperience and tell us your story.
What is it that is making you stop not enter? Is it the cost of entry? Is it that you don’t think your images are good enough? Are you worried what friends and family will say if you don’t win anything? You’re not sure of the rules? You don’t know if the print is good enough?
It’s time to have a good think to see if the reasons that you are not entering is something real or if you are convincing yourself not to.
It’s not unusual for us to convince ourselves not to do things that we want to do. Especially if it is the first time you are entering. Anything new is scary and sometimes it’s just because it is new that makes it hard to do.
This exercise is for you to brainstorm what might be stopping you from having a go.
Once you have brainstormed some possible reasons, see if you can find a way to move forward. Is it a real reason or are you making excuses because you are fearful to put yourself out there?
Now I want you to think about those reasons. What is the worst thing that can happen if you do enter? What is it that you fear might happen.
Share how you feel in the Facebook group. Learn what others have done to get over their fear and share what you have done to get over yours.
Are you an emotional person? Do you react rather than respond? By that I mean do you wear your heart on your sleeve and go with whatever emotion hits you. Or are you calm and think about what happens to you and then breath, think, and listen before you respond to a situation. Or do you overthink things? Do you find that you think of every possible scenario and panic and freak out?
You need to prepare yourself emotionally for whatever happens. By understanding what kind of person you are, you will be able to work on a plan to emotionally prepare. Remember my favourite saying “the gold is in the getting there”. You have no control over the result once your image is sent off and entered, so how are you going to handle that?
If you have come up with a great way to prepare share it on the Facebook page.