Sandra is a two-time winner of the German Society of Photography 100 Images of the Year contest and a category winner of the 2011 Wildlife Photographer of the Year. She has also served as competition judge.
How important are competitions to making a successful career as a photographer?
I think it depends on the competition. The Wildlife Photographer of the Year is, of course, one when it comes to nature photography. The images are exhibited throughout the world and the media coverage is amazing; it helps to get you noticed. But I also think it depends on the image you win with – whether it is a special image or one that blends in with the 99 others displayed together. For me, competitions are a fun thing. I don’t take them too seriously. I take part and if I win with an image I like a lot then I’m really happy. They bring some exposure, but they are not the basis of my career plan.
Sno wdrop s Nikon D700, Meyer Görlitz Trioplan 100mm f/2, 1/50 sec, f/2, ISO200