The Watch Photo Awards were launched on 1st May 2018. It’s the first annual international watch photography competition open to amateur watch lovers and photographers, as well as professionals. This year will feature six monthly competitions: one for every month from May to October, each on a different theme. The third round, which took place in July, has just ended. The theme was “Holidays”.
In accordance with the rules of the Watch Photo Awards, the jury (comprising Pierre-André Montjovet, Denis Hayoun, Marie de Pimondan-Bugnon, Edouard Haegi and Brice Lechevalier) met to pick out the ten best photos for the month. Each member of the jury chose two, based on the criteria of creativity, relevance to the theme and technical proficiency.
The jury has selected the photos below. You can now vote for your favourite photos by clicking on the "Like" button.
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The photo that receives the most likes will win its photographer a two-night stay for two people, breakfast included, at the Hotel d'Angleterre in Geneva. At a charming location on the shores of Lake Geneva and with an unspoiled view of the Jet d’Eau and Mont Blanc mountain
Jury member and photographer Edouard Haegi concedes that, for him, first impressions played an important role in his decision. But his choice was also about finding a balance between creativity and technical quality. “The originality of the photo and its composition are crucial. You have to be able to sense the idea behind the photo. As a professional photographer, I can tell immediately if the photo was taken with good equipment. But the competition is open to all, amateurs and professionals alike, and amateurs shouldn’t be penalised because of the quality of the photographic equipment they use. That’s why I focus on creativity.” And you don’t have to be a distinguished photographer to turn this to your advantage. There are some simple techniques that anyone can use, such as good preparation, and taking a picture from a variety of angles to ensure the best possible image. “I’m often disappointed to realise that it wouldn’t take much to increase the quality of a photo. Sometimes it’s just a matter of taking a bit more care with the background,” notes Edouard Haegi.
Several of the many photos submitted by participants were rejected because they failed to comply with the competition rules. Edouard Haegi highlights the three most important points: “The photographed watches must be mechanical – automatic or manual – unless they are ladies’ watches, which can be quartz. Failing to comply with this requirement was the main reason photos were rejected. Next, the photographer must be the owner of the photographed watch. And finally, failure to comply with the theme was the kiss of death for several shots.”