It's been a while since we have seen new educational content from Photographer Zack Arias but it seems like he is back and this first video explores some of the reasons you might not be winning photo contests.
For a long time, Arias was a huge name in the photo education realm. YouTube videos, blog articles, and workshops at all the biggest conferences. He has been quiet for a while but now it seems at least for a few videos he's back. This first video is a wealth of knowledge on photo contests based on his long experience involved in the Atlanta photojournalism contest.
I have been on both sides of photo contests throughout my career judging small regional contests as well as entering larger international ones. When Judging, something I often get push back from contestants is one of the tips Arias mentions and that is a unique photo or perspective of a captured moment will always be better than the best technical photo. You can do everything right and make a great image for your portfolio but if I've seen that same photo dozens or hundreds of times before its probably not going to win.
This is something I think a lot of photographers can benefit from since contest judges, editors, art buyers, and clients as a whole look at countless photographs throughout the year. They have seen the best, they know what is unique, and they will almost always hold that above a solid image or even portfolio. That is why editors mention developing and working on your own unique personal style.
As always Arias is great at sharing his own experiences and helping photographers progress their work and I really hope we see a lot more videos from him again.