Landscapes Art Competition
Submit your best art and photography depicting natural scenery and the physical elements of landforms such as mountains, hills, valleys, deserts, farmland, trees, rivers, lakes, ponds, forests, wilderness, polar regions, rainforests, islands and tropical landscapes.
All competitions include awards in three categories – “Traditional” Art, “Digital & Photography” and Sculpture/3-Dimensional Art (if the gallery receives 3D entries). Best in Show and 2nd through 5th Place awards will be given. The Best in Show winners will be invited to Fusion Art’s 3rd Annual Group Show in Palm Springs in February 2019.
Image requirements: jpeg format, 96 dpi; under 1 Mb in file size; no frame, mat, or watermark.
Judging criteria: creativity, originality, interpretation, quality, overall design, demonstration of artistic ability, and usage of your chosen medium.
Online submission of digital photographs via the website. No more than a total of 5 images will be accepted in any one submission.
Some useful tips for landscape photography. Increase your chance of winning landscape photo competitions!
Research as much as you can before actually going on a shoot. Find out what the weather forecast is and the time when Sun rises and sets in the area where you are heading to. Use apps like Sun Seeker (https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.ajnaware.sunseeker&hl=en or https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/sun-seeker/id330247123?mt=8)
Make sure you get to your chosen location at least one hour earlier so that you have some time for preparation. You will use this time for finding composition options and for that your smartphone could be handy.
Don’t place your subject in the center of the frame, try using a rule of thirds. The same is true for the horizon. It should not cross your photo right in the middle. Try exploiting leading lines in your frame composition to point the viewer’s attention to your subject.
- Tripod is almost always a must.
Besides its obvious benefits, it slows you down and makes you more attentional.
- How to change lenses.
If the weather is windy you may need to use a plastic bag for changing lenses to avoid moisture and dust getting to the glass.
In landscape photography we tend to use manual focus and set your lens to hyperfocal distance.
Always refer to your histogram and apply different exposure compensation values to make several frames.
Since we want a wide depth of field in landscape photos, it is better to set your Aperture from 8 to 22.
With longer shutter speed that is required with such narrow Aperture as 22, we can’t afford to have a camera shake. Therefore always use a cable release, a smartphone app on WiFi or a camera selftimer.
- Lens filters.
The most needed filter will be a polarizer, which eliminates glare and reflections, make your sky deep blue and saturate your colors. ND graduation filters help reducing the amount of light coming to your camera. It is very useful in bright sunshine.
For showing the scale it is sometimes advisable to include in your picture people.
Play with creating a panorama and it may prove the best option as it widens your lens significantly.