In My View
— A unique initiative by the
West Australian Photographic Federation —
Photographers are inspired to use their visual medium to tell stories—be it an imposing landscape, a look on the faces of lovers in the park, or the sullen look of a child reproached.
Great photographs are almost always the ones that are technically correct, create an impelling first impression, and suggest a story that resonates with the viewer. It has been said that every picture tells a story. The degree of engagement with a photographic image is the direct result of the viewer’s interpretation of that underlying story; although, while recognising this, it is interesting to note that each viewer will most likely arrive at a different interpretation.
Picasso said of his Guernica, "A painting is not thought out and settled in advance. While it is being done, it changes as one's thoughts change. And when it's finished, it goes on changing, according to the state of mind of whoever is looking at it."
In My View is a competition that aims to demonstrate how the story of a photograph may be seen through the eye of the beholder. Amateur photographers will be encouraged to submit their best work, specifically photographs they believe tell a great story. Twenty entries will be selected and writers will then be invited to write a story in prose or poetry for one or more of the photographs. The resultant body of work, twenty photographs each with an accompanying story, will then be published as a high-quality photo-book. Each finalist will get a copy of this book as part of the prize pool..
The theme for 2016 will be
"Intimate Landscape-In My View"