Sports Action Portrait - Photography Contest [17 entries]

Concentration Picture

Winning entry, with a score of:
70.9%
Contest goal:

Show us your best portrait taken during the action of a sporting event. We're not looking for tiddly-winks here. It should be a sport that involves running in some form. This should not be an action shot emphasizing the sport, but an action shot creating a portrait of a player that captures their character. The entire body should not be in the shot... make it from the torso and up with an emphasis on the head and shoulders. Show their determination, concentration, and sweat (as an example). Other people, or parts of people, can be visible, but the emphasis should obviously be on a single person. It's THEIR portrait.


Status: finished. Check out the winners below!
Suggested by: kyricom

Wayne Cheah: If I may ask, what happened to the boxing entry? ( 5 years and 1648 days ago )
Contest Moderator: Can't really discuss individual entries other than to say each entrant needs to read every theme closely. ( 5 years and 1648 days ago )
photogirl723: Wayne, it's probably because boxing doesn't involve running....see the contest description. ( 5 years and 1647 days ago )
Artifakts: Mod : what do you want exactle when you write "running" ? Is the "race" part of the word or the "going fast on 2 feet" ? ( 5 years and 1647 days ago )
Wayne Cheah: In that case, aquatic sports and sports that involve some form of equipment, like cycling, weight-lifting, shooting, archery, etc, would be out, if "running" is interpreted narrowly because boxing certainly involves more 'running' than cycling and canoeing? ( 5 years and 1646 days ago )
teecee: Hmmm I had a rugby shot of a ball in mid air that was removed because there were more than one person in the picture...so this contest is all over the place IMO ( 5 years and 1646 days ago )
Contest Moderator: Hey, everyone. I'm sorry for not answering sooner. I've been out of stateand contact for a few days. I should be home in a couple of hours and can deal with this soon. ( 5 years and 1646 days ago )
friiskiwi: tecee, did you read the complete goal?
The entire body should not be in the shot... make it from the torso and up with an emphasis on the head and shoulders. Show their determination, concentration, and sweat (as an example). Other people, or parts of people, can be visible, but the emphasis should obviously be on a single person. It's THEIR portrait. ( 5 years and 1646 days ago )
friiskiwi: by the way, by mentioning your entry, you have destroyed your anonymity, so even if the photo was on theme, it will have to be removed. ( 5 years and 1646 days ago )
Contest Moderator: OK, everyone. I'm back. Sorry again for the delay but I was taking my son to the top of a mountain in Maine to find an apartment and we didn't really have internet.

Anyway... here's what I'm looking at in this contest, based on the theme. I think the theme is fairly straight forward with the possible exception of "running" (I'll get to that in a second. This is supposed to be a PORTRAIT, of a single person, from the torso up, emphasizing from the head and shoulders. I interpret the "running" to be that the person should be engaged in a vigorous activity, although maybe not actually running. Just because it's a sport that has running, if it looks like they're just standing there it will be off-theme. Other activity, such as bike riding or swimming could be perfectly acceptable if it meets the other requirements of a PORTRAIT. It is not a shot to show the sport. It is a shot to show the individual. Yes, other people (or parts of people) may be in the shot, if the PRIMARY subject meets the requirements above. I hope this helps. ( 5 years and 1646 days ago )
k5683: Its funny how the descriptions are never clear enough and people get entries removed all the time. ( 5 years and 1646 days ago )
friiskiwi: Nothing funny about it, more of a headache. Very few suggestions are well worded. The Mods usually get a quick look at them, and they may initially look OK, but the authors often interpret the them quite differently (not necessary wrong) to how the suggester and the Mods had read it.
No matter how hard we try, there will always be dissenters.
We will keep trying, until one by one we give up, totally frustrated. ( 5 years and 1645 days ago )
photogirl723: Not to beat a dead horse, but IMHO, there's nothing questionable about the sentence " It should be a sport that involves running in some form." To me, that does not mean swimming, boxing, cycling, etc. If that was not the intention of the contest, then remove that sentence and there wouldn't be any question. ( 5 years and 1645 days ago )
solkee: I think the intention was that it had to be a strenuous sport (We're not looking for tiddly-winks here). It's amazing how people complain when the goals are too stringent and then complain again when they are lapsed to allow more entries. If members would suggest more contests instead of mods trying to come up with something in the last minute there wouldn't be all this whining. ( 5 years and 1643 days ago )
friiskiwi: well said solkee ( 5 years and 1642 days ago )

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Concentration - created by Remsphoto


Concentration
Favs: 0SBS: n/aHi-resRank: 1/17Score: 70.9% (41)14676 views

(5 years and 1646 days ago)


Run Forrest ! - created by Artifakts


Run Forrest !
Favs: 1SBS: n/aHi-resRank: 2/17Score: 69.4% (35)16959 views

(5 years and 1647 days ago)


Nice point - created by Remsphoto


Nice point
Favs: 1SBS: n/aHi-resRank: 3/17Score: 68.2% (29)16513 views

(5 years and 1651 days ago)


soccer player - created by friiskiwi


soccer player
Favs: 1SBS: n/aHi-resRank: 4/17Score: 67.6% (23)4726 views

(5 years and 1645 days ago)


Too hard - created by friiskiwi


Too hard
Favs: 1SBS: n/aHi-resRank: 5/17Score: 66.7% (17)6548 views

(5 years and 1650 days ago)