COM­PE­TI­TIONS & FES­TI­VALS

photo fes­ti­vals and com­pe­ti­tions are be­com­ing more in­flu­en­tial in rais­ing pho­tog­ra­phers’ pro­files

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How im­por­tant are photo fes­ti­vals to you?

They’re quite im­por­tant be­cause they get you to know peo­ple and peo­ple to know you. At the be­gin­ning it was very good be­ing in Kenya, but then I had all these images and I re­alised I wasn’t get­ting them across to peo­ple. I’m start­ing to spend a bit more time in Europe to par­tic­i­pate in this kind of thing.

Do you en­ter com­pe­ti­tions on a reg­u­lar ba­sis?

Only the ma­jor ones. I have en­tered Na­ture’s Best, which I won over­all in 2011. I’ve en­tered the Wildlife Pho­tog­ra­pher of the Year and this year I have en­tered the GDT Euro­pean Wildlife Pho­tog­ra­pher of the Year. Gen­er­ally, I don’t like to en­ter com­pe­ti­tions too much, but I un­der­stand it’s an­other way to get bet­ter known.

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