There seems to be more and more photography awards every year. I'm not sure that all of them are there for good intentions but you have to enter them to win anything and it is a great way to market your work. Creatives do pay attention, but choosing the right ones can be difficult.
It is sometimes frustrating when you see some successful images that are not, in my personal opinion, as good as some rejected images and project. I am not only speaking about my own but many very talented people in the industry who are at the top of their game. There are a lot of factors in the world of photography that influence the choices of winners, as well as trends, fads, even the photographers popularity, etc. Not to sound too cynical (it sounds like it), but there is nothing we "artistes" can do about it. That's just the way it is.
Here are my two successful images that were in the Association of Photographers Awards 2014 which has been at the forefront of awards for as long as I have been in the business.
These images were taken from two personal projects in 2014, Reflection and 100% Stephen Miller. Reflection was a commercial based self-promotional project that was great to photograph and had good feedback from around the world. 100% Stephen Miller was a more personal project I was wanting to photograph with no commercial intention at all. The images ended up being a travelling local exhibition in university's, colleges and schools, with Stephen also attending some venues spreading inspiration and presenting awards ceremonies. We managed to get interest from the local press and create a video to promote the exhibition. This all came about because Stephen kindly agreed to let me into his life.