For a few weeks I've been thinking about photo contests. I read a lot about them - how they improve your photography, how you learned new techniques, practice and so on. In my opinion, there really is an effect when your photo has a theme, you try to satisfy all the conditions of the subject, with all the means and techniques you have in your arsenal. Just taking part in a photo contest makes you look through the photos of the other photographers and the winners of the past years. Examining these photos can give you an idea about your photography, inspire you for new ideas, new ways of framing and more. After that, you're starting to think about how to rank first or win the photo contest. Consider the location, what would impress the voters or judges, what you will need to take this picture, and other details that may be the the difference between the amateur photographer and the professional photographer. Amateur photographers just snap at will, but the professionals think about what they're shooting and why are they shooting. Also, in order to win a photo contest, you have to think of a way to distinguish yourself from the others in a remarkable way, to stand out from the crowd, as it is said to offer "different perspective" on things. All of these things can teach you to make better photos. Of course you will not become a professional phonographer, but you will certainly achieve better results next time you pick up a camera.
Long story short - below, you will find a list of websites (in Bulgarian and English) that provide information on various photo contests with various prizes - money, vouchers, equipment and much more. Most of them also have a search form with filters in which you can easily find the right competition for you:
I have always admired the astrophotography and pictures of the Milky Way. Since I bought my first Canon 400D camera, I wanted to shoot the starry sky and the galactic center of the Milky Way. However, it was not as easy as I thought. There are many lessons, articles, and videos on the internet about what's needed to shoot the Milky Way. But here I will try to share a few tips from my personal experience which you probably will not find in other articles and websites.
A few weeks ago I decided to make an English version of my website. At that time I still enjoyed free hosting and domain at www.weebly.com. To my surprise, after I made a copy of the site and started to translate I discovered that Weebly have stopped indexing pages for all new sites. I could not believe it, but even the support team confirmed it. I do not know who on Earth would create a website that can not be detected by the search engines. After this "suicide" act of Weebly immediately registered my own domain and paid for hosting. And I think I will not be only one when everybody learns about this "innovation" of Weebly.