How to Win a Photo Contest

What makes a photo a contest winner? It’s that elusive element—you know it when you see it, but you just can’t name it. Photocritic offers some insight into what makes a winner. And with the deadline to enter the Photographer of the Year contest tomorrow (and the Shoot-Out July 16-19), we thought you might want a peek into the secrets of cracking the code.

What makes a photo a contest winner? It's that elusive element—you know it when you see it, but you just can't name it. Photocritic offers some insight into what makes a winner. And with the deadline to enter the Photographer of the Year contest tomorrow (and the Shoot-Out July 16-19), we thought you might want a peek into the secrets of cracking the code.