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Upload Your Best 'Travel' Photos

  • Submission Deadline: Fri, 20 Mar 20 16:00:00 +0000

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For the next Critique The Community we will be judging "travel" photos. 

The coronavirus is bumming all of us out and many of us are stuck inside for the next few weeks/months. We were supposed to be meeting Elia Locardi in Japan in a few weeks to begin filming another project, and I'm sad to say that it is now canceled. We need your help to cheer us up. Show us some of the most amazing travel photos so that we can decide where we want to vacation after this whole thing is behind us. 

  • Submission Deadline: Fri, 20 Mar 20 16:00:00 +0000

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  • 547 people have cast a total of 42,440 votes on 1,007 submissions from 508 contestants.
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112 Comments

Edward Blake's picture

Perhaps a good time to ask 'what is travel?' I'm seeing a lot of generic landscape.

Matthew Lacy's picture

I threw in some images of lego minifigures exploring our world. Hopefully I get points for creativity.

Samantha Bunns's picture

1 star for not following the rules.

Edward Blake's picture

A friend of mine does that with Skeletor. Love it.

Landscape images are still considered "travel". Particularly if they make you want to travel there.
Just like food, street, portrait etc can be considered "travel" if they represent a location via culture, locals or landmarks.

George Popescu's picture

For travel, the location should be EPIC. Taking a photo of some back streets in a city at night is not Epic at all, taking photos of some animal is well, not travel photography, it's animal photography.
Most people just totally missed the target on this topic.

That's not true at all. A simple photo of a well known landmark, or a native animal, or traditional attire, can be a portfolio worthy image if done well.
Doesn't mean it has a good chance of winning the competition but it would still have commercial value.
If you took a photo of the back streets in Melbourne, AUS. at night then that would be a photo that represents the city pretty well (due to a lot of street art and vibrant night life scene).
Taking a good photo of a kangaroo is a great way to sell tourism to Australia. Just look at the social media page for Tourism Australia. It's literally a portrait shot of a kangaroo.

By your logic your photos aren't travel because the locations aren't EPIC. (not a comment on your photography because I would consider them portfolio worthy). But the locations aren't anything special.

George Popescu's picture

That's your opinion, and in this particular contest they've asked for " Show us some of the most amazing travel photos so that we can decide where we want to vacation after this whole thing is behind us. "
If you think a photo of a kangaroo would motivate them to go travel to wherever that kangaroo lives then more power to you, I disagree with that.
Same with having a photo of the Eiffel Tower of some other easily recognizable landmark, they probably know about it so they're probably looking for other travel locations.

What's the difference between a photo of the Eiffel Tower or a photo of a Japanese castle? They've obviously been to Japan and were going to go there before this whole thing started so why would you think that would make them want to visit there? So many celebrities come here just because they see a koala and want to hold one. So many tourists come to Australia because they want to see a kangaroo for themselves.
It depends on the person seeing the photo and presuming someone else isn't going to want to visit somewhere because of your own preferences doesn't make sense.
By your own entries you've said that a photo of a building would make someone want to visit Japan. To some people they'd prefer that over the Eiffel Tower. To others the Eiffel tower is more appealing. To others a photo of a rare bird found only in the jungles of Wherever is more appealing than both. It may not make YOU want to visit places but that doesn't mean you can say they aren't "Travel" photos, that's not open to opinion.

George Popescu's picture

People can see kangaroos at the zoo, they don't travel to Australia just to see one.
Also if you keep attacking my own photos when this discussion had nothing to do with each other's photos just the topic in general it just makes me lose interest in replying to you.
It's more important for you to attack the person than actually discuss the topic/theme of the contest so on that note enjoy your kangaroo tourism and I'm out.

I made it clear I wasn't attacking your photos. Just using their presence in this competition to make my point clearer. If you can't see that then it's not worth discussing this with you.

Travel photography = basically anything done in a place you had to travel a distance to take the photo :) and that somehow represents the local place. But perhaps i am wrong since i am been killed with the rating.

Now that the contest is essentially over I have an opinion on what a travel photo is- sorry. This contest made me realize something... More often than not I find that people in a location equals a travel photo. A nice landscape or cityscape photo is not necessarily a travel photo and I found myself reluctant to give a high score to a photo without a person in it or the signs of people in it. It might be a nice place to go and a beautiful photo but by placing people in the photo shows participation in the location, not just an observation. People go some place to experience that location- by placing a person in the photo is showing participation in that place. People in a photo become part of the story of that travel whether it is the traveler or subject. To me, people in that location makes a travel photo. Are there exceptions? Yes! The vast majority of the photos in this contest do not have people in them but many of those that do I find far more interesting as a travel photo. I'm sure there will be many and varied opinions on this (no, really? on F Stoppers? LOL).

George Popescu's picture

Are you talking about your portfolio?

Ben Preece's picture

Hey everyone don’t forget to vote low.

Stuart Carver's picture

To be fair, they wouldn’t vote low if we whacked the HDR and saturation sliders to 99, or composited an aeroplane into the sky.

Deleted Account's picture

It´s sad to see people lowball pictures here.

Edward Blake's picture

And the moment you say things people don't like they'll rate every single image of yours a 1.

Deleted Account's picture

If they are so childish, I'm sure I'll survive

Stuart Carver's picture

I bet if it showed who voted the scores wouldn’t be so low.

Nathan Burns's picture

I think it's because people are rating it as a competition submission instead of as a standard photo. At the end of the day, if you like your picture, you've already got a victory under your belt. :3

Matthew Lacy's picture

I have a question. I lit one of my photos with a LED flashlight, due to the size of the subject. Does that still count as external lighting?

Thierry Jutras's picture

I don't know why it wouldn't count as external lightning. You do not absolutely need professional strobes to add light. And i think being able to add effects and elements in your photo without expensive equipment, or with what you have, is a talent in some ways.

Deleted Account's picture

if people vote "needs work" then please throw a comment with what you think is missing.

Matthew Lacy's picture

That would be great.

Teresa Oldenbourg's picture

I cant wait to see all the people who feel entitled to a good ratings or demand to know why they get a low vote!

Deleted Account's picture

I'm here to get better, so if people think that's a bad picture I've posted and vote low then I would love to get an explanation on what they think needs to be done better next time.

Teresa Oldenbourg's picture

Ok, here it goes.
The judges said
"Show us some of the most amazing travel photos so that we can decide where we want to vacation after this whole thing is behind us"
Your photo is not bad but, when it comes to what they want, theres nothing that screams "GO TO THIS LOCATION" alot of times people submit a photo thats close enough to the category, and that greatly effects your rank.
Just look at the lego photo. That has nothing to do with the category at all. Yet they submitted it anyway and cant see why people are not receptive to it.

Matthew Lacy's picture

Now, to clarify, I can see why people aren't receptive. I may disagree with them, but I can see where they come from. I'd simply like a bit more of the critique from the community. You are the only one who has taken the time to do that. If everyone, or even just more than one, who voted mine a snapshot would explain why, I'd me much happier.

Stuart Carver's picture

So you think someone who took time to compose a shot and edit it has no right to know why their image is rated as ‘snap shot’, bearing in mind what a snapshot actually is

Teresa Oldenbourg's picture

Yes. Its happened to me, and I manage to move on with my life. I dont have the right to demand why. I submit because I have a photo that fits the category, and its fun!
If you really enjoy your work, thats what matters. Integrity > pride.

Stuart Carver's picture

I agree with everything you said in this comment but I still think this format is hugely flawed.. because it’s anonymous people who either have a gripe with you or have their own shot in the comp can roll around handing 1 stars out without the minerals to provide reason why, it’s basically trolling.

But you are correct it’s best to just move on with your life. I’ve got a photo featured in this months practical photography magazine, I wonder what score it would get on here though, my guess is between 1 and 2.

Teresa Oldenbourg's picture

The voting should just be changed to share community opinions. It should have nothing to do with being chosen for anything. That would take out alot of the people who vote to win.

Patrik László's picture

You should let it go. It doesn't meaning anything. The community of photographers is toxic and it will be forever that.

Shameless self promotion :) I just posted mine...

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been there, way too hot of a country

Chris Rosebrough's picture

This contest is going to be hard to judge. GREAT compositions are already posted and Im stuck in my house because of this pandemic and want to be traveling again.

Rick de la Garrigue's picture

Everyones voting is savage on here. Sad really, over a free tutorial. Average voting is a 1-2star on even award winning images that arnt mine. The 1 star bandits hit hard. I hope one day it will be an honest rating.

Zack Schindler's picture

I posted in my images asking what people liked or disliked about them. Sadly no one said anything but all were rated poorly.

Nathan Valenzuela's picture

Maybe savage, but I think people are used to seeing so many amazing photos. In my opinion there are only a few 4 & 5’s here. But it’s subjective and I think in the end it’s a community thing so it’ll average out to where it should be. This is my first time as I just joined the community...seems like a fun group of passionate photographers

I gave your plane/sun photo a 5 star because it is a photo I'll remember.

Nathan Valenzuela's picture

Thanks man, really appreciate that

Zack Schindler's picture

You may be onto something. I look at a lot of photos everyday and am always amazed how many great photographers there out there.

Samantha Bunns's picture

You are seeing a lot of 1-2's because the pics submitted are 1 and 2s'. Just because you feel a pic (no matter who's it is) is award winning, doesn't mean the rest of the community is going to feel the way about it.

I've come across half a dozen or so high-rated (over 3.3) pics with over 40 votes so they are pretty much set.

You need to understand, when you have dozens upon dozens of votes on your pic and you have a low rating, the community has spoken. Stop being so delusional.

Stephen Scully's picture

It doesn't matter how you spin this, there are images here that are brilliant and have been given one star by some. Who would have thought that the man on the street would be a better judge of photographs than vain, computer jockey, professional photographers?

Gregory Scott's picture

I'm a math and physics guy. So to me, voting is clearly exponential. So my interpretation is that most photos belong at the level of 1 or 2, mostly 2 because nobody here is really a novice. At the other end, World class votes should be seen rarely. Great shots can be 3 or 4, But a 3 should mean suitable for an excellent portfolio, not a mediocre one.

Also, voting should be adjusted a point or two based on relevance to the topic.

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