Compose well, and if necessary, crop the photo right or accurately. A good composition by itself has a great huge factor in the overall impression. Keep the key elements in the right place, think about lines, perspective, shadows...
Before to expose, I prepare my frame. I highly prefer an underexposed photo with a nice composition straight from camera, than a perfect exposure but with a bad composition
Does it make sense?
Enhance the moment
If the moment is priceless, it doesn’t mean that the picture itself will be fantastic, either. Work harder to make with a great moment a better image.
Create unique photos
We all see many deja-vu at contests, kind of photos seen and seen before.
Think more & different to make a great moment unique, with a strong storytelling! I know it is not easy.
It’s always a challenge to see the same things in a different way
I hope you like challenges, They are your friends! That’s why it’s not easy to win an award, judges look for the best! ... And if it were easy, please change of contest ;-)
symmetry is symmetry
Are you doing symmetry? ok, great. Do it with perfect symmetry, not just 90%; because then it’s not symmetry.
Identify your winner shot
If you are sending individual photos as single entires (not collection of photos for the same story): Don’t send two or three photos of the same exactly scene. Just choose the best one! You are competing with yourself, however the main idea is to compete with other colleagues :-) So, choose the best option for that particular scene, and the best for the next scene, and so on.
Find your real voice in your photos
Don’t try emulating the skills of your idols, you just can’t. Copying the original doesn’t make your photo better than the original. You are more than welcomed to be inspired by them, but make sure to put your own voice in all your photographs.
As always, hope this is good information for you.
See you around!