For a while now I have been submitting some of my images to online website that give people and photographers the opportunity to vote and comment on my images. These sites primarily include 500px which is mostly other photographers, Flickr which is more mainstream with anyone viewing the files and GuruShots which the most photographer centric of the three in my opinion.
These submissions were initially to gain some feedback on whether my landscape images are worthy of anything, or whether I should just stick to event photography. I am pleased to confirm that the response has been over whelming with great results across the three sites.
With regards to Gurushots. This site is based on photographers uploading images to certain challenges. These challenges are set by the Gurus and they cover a multitude of subjects. Other photographers that are registered on www.gurushot.com then have the opportunity to vote blind on a selection of images in each challenge. Your images (or images) begin in the Popular category and then as you get more votes your placement progresses through Skilled, into Premier and then into Elite. It is Elite where I have been fortunate to find most of my images (or image sets) climbing the ranks and into.
However, I was really excited to learn that one of my image sets that have been entering into “The Vast Outdoors” challenge has made it passed the Elite category and into the All Star category, being the highest level possible. At the time of writing there are still a number of days of voting to go, but I’m sitting 40th out of around 2500 people and 8674 images.
If that was not good enough, one of my images (Mono Lake Rainstorm) has been picked by the Guru himself, placing a star on the image and qualifying it for a bonus to the vote count.
It is great to finally make the All Star rating, but getting an acknowledgement by the Guru himself really puts the icing on the cake and it really made me smile today.
Maybe, just maybe, I’ll keep taking photographs and see what other successes I have over the coming months.