What type of photographs impress the judges? That depends on who the judges are, what the judges do, and where they live and travel.
Quite a few years ago now, I was showing two audio visual presentations. One depicted the hill towns of Italy and France; the other concentrated on outback Australia.
When I showed the presentations to Australian audiences, they loved the Italian hill towns. In comparison, when I showed the presentations to an audience in Italy, they loved the Australian outback best.
Judges are the same. Photographs of unusual or special subjects which are not generally seen will have more appeal than the commonplace. This is human nature.
Of course, something that is unusual for you may be common for the judge - and you simply can't know everything about the judge. Similarly, a photograph of the commonplace presented in a different or special way can astound the judge, simply because it is so common.
Confused? When you're looking through your photographs to enter, if you have a choice between two images, pick the one that has a point of difference. An African nature shot will probably outscore an Australian one because we have Australian judges. On the other hand, if the Australian shot is simply perfect, it won't matter where it was taken.
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