I entered some of my pictures for the 4th International Photography Awards, hosted by 35AWARDS, at the end of 2018 and added some more early 2019. It was the first competition I ever attended.
What should I say? I had not high expectations, and this was more like an experiment to me. As more than 112,000 photographers from over 172 countries took part in the competition, I knew right away that ít wouldn`t be easy to win anything. And don’t forget, I am an absolute newbie. So I was super surprised when I just looked at the results.
I was able to win a total of three awards! Even none of my single shots made it into the Top10 per Categorie, so this is still amazing for me. However, this means that all of my awards are for my overall performance. Top 100 and Top 35 Photographer at 35AWARDS 2018. Doesn`t this sound great?
So, two of the awards feel very significant to me, one is more like a comforter prize.
- The award in the category “TOP 100 USA” honors me most of all, in which I came 80th. The 35Photo`s website lists almost 16,000 registered photographers in the USA.
- The next category is “Top 35 Chicago“. Unfortunately, I don’t know my exact ranking here, but there are still almost 200 members.
- The least essential award for me is “Reached the 2nd stage of voting“. After all, 17% of all participants received this award.
All of this is super exciting for me, and I am thrilled now. During the last months, I already signed up for multiple competitions in 2019 and entered different pictures for several categories again. I will continue during the year as the competitions show up and I can`t wait to hear back the results.