Saturday, 23 June 2012

BBC: TPOTY & The Royal Geographical Society (London)


Photo © Malgorzata Pioro-All Rights Reserved

The BBC has featured an audio-slideshow of Travel Photographer of the Year 2011 photographs which are on show at the Royal Geographical Society (RGS) in London, from 22 June to 19 August 2012.

I found the conversation between one of competition judges, photographer Nick Meers, and RGS Director Rita Gardner to shed a little light as to what goes through the minds of photo competition judges...some of it was interesting and other parts were not, but it reaffirmed my long standing belief that photo competitions of that sort are won by photographs that speak to the judges...or to the majority of judges. In such competitions, a photograph might be technically perfect, but it could well be arbitrarily chucked out of the running because of the judges' subjective values...

I think the criteria for categories in photographic contests and the like are too broad. The image above is a winning entry in the Exotic Portfolio category.  For the life of me I can't see what's exotic in it. It's of a man passing a sex shop in Soho in London. It's a colorful, well timed and well composed street photograph, but exotic?

Most of the photographs I saw on the slideshow are really good, but it's a pity that the BBC chose music by Norah Jones and Lenny Kravitz. Good music for sure, but with no logical linkage to the photographs.