I’d never done a 24 in 24 photo competition before… or really any kind of photo competition, but when I heard about this one in St Albans I definitely thought I’d give it a go.
The way it worked was : at 11am a list of 24 ‘items’ or categories would be handed out, and competitors would have until 11am the following day to upload/submit their photos for each one.
Here’s how mine went down, photo by photo…. and potentially error by error! For each one I’ve written my thought-process and also what I would do differently now… for basically every single photo.
So… that was that. Having now done one of these competitions, I can already see where my mistakes were and how I’d approach one of these things in the future. I think the two things I’d definitely do would be (1) unified ‘style’ - use one lens, or one focal length, and (2) make each photo part of an overarching ‘theme’ - have things going on in the background of each one that also become part of an overall ‘story’.
I kind of wish I’d spent a bit more time planning and thinking, and I’m struck how (relatively) few changes I’d need to have made in my approach to have a collection of 24 shots I’d be a lot more proud of. But I loved doing this - it was a really cool challenge and I REALLY want to do something like this again!
And did I win anything? No, I didn’t, but I did get a compliment two days later from one of the judges - I was listed as an “other mention” with several other photographers. For mine it was:
“..for some striking, graphic, black and white images using a fish-eye lens”
- and, yeah… I should have used the fisheye for all of them instead of just 13 of the 24…