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WHERE DO WE FIND OUR PHOTOGRAPHERS? SOMETIMES, RIGHT UNDER OUR NOSES
Our annual Through Your Lens photo contest isn’t just a place for readers to show off their chops — it’s also one way we discover new contributing photographers. In our Emerging Artists series this year, we’ll focus on some of our favorite finds — and perhaps inspire you to become one of them. Our 2018 contest is open for submissions now through May 31 at scubadiving.com/photocontest.
AGE: 56 LOCATION: SALEM, MISSOURI
FIVE-TIME ENTRANT BEFORE WINNING A 2015 HONORABLE MENTION
ISSUES APPEARED IN AFTER CONTEST: MARCH/APRIL 2017, JUNE 2017
Q WHAT ADVICE WOULD YOU GIVE TO SHOOTERS ENTERING CONTESTS? A Think outside the box. Most images have been duplicated time and time again; judges are looking for entries that are refreshing, unique and creative. If applicable, take a look at the competition judges’ or publications’ websites to see their work. Submit images that are similar in style — this will increase your chances of doing well in the competition.
Q WHERE’S YOUR FAVORITE PLACE TO PHOTOGRAPH? A Puerto Galera, Philippines, is a very special place and near to my heart. It’s where I began sharing my work and entering competitions — and where photography became my passion.
Q WHAT’S YOUR SPECIALTY? A Shooting wide-angle images allows me to relax. It clears my mind and gives me a sense of freedom. I’m a fan of colorful, thought-provoking imagery, and that’s what I try to produce. If someone has to look twice at one of my images to figure out what it is, I consider it a success.