Watch Photo Awards The ten best photos
The WPA jury has made its selection of photos from the May competition. Vote now for the winner, who will win a stay in a five-star hotel in Geneva.
The Watch Photo Awards were launched on 1st May 2018. It’s the first annual international watch photography competition open to amateur watch lovers and photographers, as well as professionals. This year will feature six monthly competitions: one for every month from May to October, each on a different theme. The first round, which took place in May, has just ended. The theme was “Blue”.
In accordance with the rules of the Watch Photo Awards, the jury (comprising Pierre-André Montjovet, Denis Hayoun, Marie de Pimondan-Bugnon, Edouard Haegi and Brice Lechevalier) met to pick out the ten best photos for the month. Each member of the jury chose two, based on the criteria of creativity, relevance to the theme and technical proficiency.
The 10 photos selected by the jury
The jury has selected the photos below. You can now vote for your favourite photos by clicking on the "Like" button. Please note that you will have to confirm your choice once you have liked the photo.
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The photo that receives the most likes will win its photographer a two-night stay for two people, breakfast included, at the Grand Hotel Kempinski in Geneva. Situated on the shores of Lake Geneva and just minutes from the old town and the shopping district, the Grand Hotel Kempinski***** has 412 rooms and majestic views across the lake to the famous water fountain and beyond it the Mont Blanc.
Creativity and technical proficiency
Jury member and photographer Edouard Haegi concedes that, for him, first impressions played an important role in his decision. But his choice was also about finding a balance between creativity and technical quality. “The originality of the photo and its composition are crucial. You have to be able to sense the idea behind the photo. As a professional photographer, I can tell immediately if someone has taken time over the photo. But the competition is open to all, amateurs and professionals alike, and amateurs shouldn’t be penalised because of the quality of the photographic equipment they use. That’s why I focus on creativity.” And you don’t have to be a distinguished photographer to turn this to your advantage. There are some simple techniques that anyone can use, such as good preparation, and taking a picture from a variety of angles to ensure the best possible image. “I’m often disappointed to realise that it wouldn’t take much to increase the quality of a photo. Sometimes it’s just a matter of taking a bit more care with the background,” notes Edouard Haegi.
And follow the guidelines!
Several of the many photos submitted by participants were rejected because they failed to comply with the competition rules. Edouard Haegi highlights the three most important points: “The photographed watches must be mechanical – automatic or manual – unless they are ladies’ watches, which can be quartz. Failing to comply with this requirement was the main reason photos were rejected. Next, the photographer must be the owner of the photographed watch. And finally, failure to comply with the theme was the kiss of death for several shots, which had no blue in them at all.”
Edouard Haegi’s tips for successful photos
The Watch Photo Awards continue in June, on the theme of sport. So get your cameras, watches, trainers, bats and balls ready.
Participate! Good luck!