• BPN Newsletter 24 October 2017

      BPN Newsletter 5, 24 October 2017

      • Image of the Year 2016
      • Our Sponsor
      • Q&A and BPN Support
      • On Critiqueing
      • An Elegant Way to Solve Your BPN e-Mail Problems
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      Image of the Year 2016

      Work on selecting the 2016 Image of the Year (IOTY) is finally done and was long long overdue. Apologies to all who were waiting. The overall winner is "Food transfer" by Glenn Conlan. This image was selected by the jury as 'Avian' category winner. Congratulations Glenn !

      Commented by Haseeb Badar: Congratulations Glenn ! That is an outstanding image ! Was showing this image to my friends the other day and they all were bewildered to see this moment, and here it is deservedly chosen as the image of the year ( overall ) .

      Congratulations once again !!

      The following stunning images were selected as winners in the other categories:

      • Charged -UP!, by Haseeb Badar in Wildlife

        Commented by Steve Kaluski: Great to see a Tiger in the Wildlife winners 'showcase - well done Haseeb.
      • Smoke, by Ovidiu Cavasdan in Out-Of-The-Box

        Commented by Steve Kaluski: Simple, but very striking with a strong 'graphic' feel, congratulation Ovidiu.
      • Magnolia, by David Cowling in Macro and Flora

        Almost as if the wasp is humbly asking for a bit of nectar in this Magnolia temple.
      • Sea of Colors, by Luis Patacao in Landscapes and Cities

        Commented by Arthur Morris: This is lovely in every way from the soft light to the great colors to the image design to the moving water blur. That yellow is to die for.
      • Horned Grebes pose, by Michael Thompson in Eager to Learn

        Commented by Marina Scarr: Wonderful frame, Michael and huge congratulations. You have learned a lot here, and it's great to see your photography progressing so nicely!.

      All of the category winners will receive a one year subscription voucher. Congratulations everyone !
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      On Critiquing

      BPN was founded on a single principle: folks learn best from honest critiques done gently. The more folks who comment on an image, the more everyone learns. We ask that folks comment on at least five images for every image that they post. Far too many folks are telling this story: “I am not, or do not, feel qualified to critique.” Even if you are a beginning photographer and have never critiqued a single image before, you are eminently qualified to post a substantive critique. Look at the image. Ask yourself, “What do I like about this image? What don’t I like about this image.” Then type it in the next pane. Please, at all costs, avoid those empty “Great shot!” comments …

      It’s that simple. If you have any suggestions on how the image could have been improved in the field or in post processing, you can add those but doing so is not mandatory. If you have an idea for a repost, take a crack at it.; you will often find folks reciprocating. In the same vein, the more images you comment on, the more you become part of the community, and the more folks will comment on your images. In addition, when you take the time to study other’s image carefully and take the time to comment, you become a better photographer.

      Please remember that a critique does not imply criticism; negatives are not a required part of the package. If you think that an image is great, say so, and be sure to let folks know exactly why you like it. On the other hand, if you are less than honest in an effort to “be nice,” then you are doing everyone a disservice. Honest but gentle. Particularly helpful is to post a critique to an image with 50 or more views and zero or one replies. When and if you come across a really poor image find at least one positive if at all possible and then be as gentle as possible. And do consider directing the poster to the Eager to Learn Forum.

      What’s my advice? Shoot a lot. Post a lot. And critique a lot. You can help make BPN a better place.

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