5 biggest mistakes you can make when entering a photo competition

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(Image credit: Megan Rexazin via Pixabay)

Entering photography competitions is a wonderful way to narrow down your favorite images, shoot with a clear goal in mind and provide your practice with some direction. Going further, winning contests can also put your portfolio in front of hundreds of people, giving you great exposure and making your name better known in the industry. Not to mention that some contests also offer generous prizes in the form of cash or cameras!

Of course, winning isn't everything – just because you didn't get shortlisted, it doesn't make you a bad photographer – but most of us would be lying if we said that we didn't enter a contest to at least do well.

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Lauren Scott
Freelance contributor/former Managing Editor

Lauren is a writer, reviewer, and photographer with ten years of experience in the camera industry. She's the former Managing Editor of Digital Camera World, and previously served as Editor of Digital Photographer magazine, Technique editor for PhotoPlus: The Canon Magazine, and Deputy Editor of our sister publication, Digital Camera Magazine. An experienced journalist and freelance photographer, Lauren also has bylines at Tech Radar, Space.com, Canon Europe, PCGamesN, T3, Stuff, and British Airways' in-flight magazine (among others). When she's not testing gear for DCW, she's probably in the kitchen testing yet another new curry recipe or walking in the Cotswolds with her Flat-coated Retriever.