what´s wrong with this caption?

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guenterguni
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Posted Sat May 7, 2011 4:43AM

In the past I´ve had several rejections because of caption and even I didn´t understood some of the I stayed quiet and resubmitted the images (sometimes without any changeges and they´ve got accepted with this second try). But this time I want to ask if somebody can help me finding a mistake. This additional work for resubmitting is so anoying ... especially when you don´t know why the pic wasn´t accepted.


Thanks in advance for your help!







Chi Kang, Cambodia - November 4, 2008: A group of elder women is sitting on the shaded terrace of a wooden house - the house is a small local shop and in front of it there is a washed out sign of the Cambodian People's Party. Beside the shop there are several bundles of sugar cane. Location: Chi Kang village at the banks of Mekong river, Northern Cambodia.
NoDerog
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Posted Sat May 7, 2011 6:13AM

I don't see anything major wrong with the caption, but you could condense it a bit while correcting a couple grammatical errors. For example:


Chi Kang, Cambodia - November 4, 2008: Some elderly women are sitting on the shaded deck of a local wooden shop. In front of the building is a washed out sign of the Cambodian People's Party. There are several bundles of sugar cane leaning against the deck. Chi Kang is located on the banks of the Mekong river in Northern Cambodia.
WilshireImages
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Posted Sat May 7, 2011 6:44AM
I agree with the above proposed editing. You answered who, what, and where. I'm not sure if this is the reason for the rejection, but the caption does not tell the reader WHY the image is compelling. Why did you take it. Are these people doing something that it interesting, ironic, or unusual? Why are there sugur cane bundles there (if it is relevant)? Are the older people doing something unusual? Why would a photo editor want to publish this image?
guenterguni
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Posted Sat May 7, 2011 7:34AM
thanks to both of you... only the "why" is a bit strange - I have more than 200 Editorial images online and I never wrote WHY I took this particular picture ... anway, thanks again.
NoDerog
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Posted Sat May 7, 2011 8:46AM
I think if you start trying to define "Why", you soon get into speculation and guesswork. The four "W's" refer to Who, What, When and Where.
guenterguni
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Posted Sat May 7, 2011 9:26AM
Posted By NoDerog:
I think if you start trying to define "Why", you soon get into speculation and guesswork. The four "W's" refer to Who, What, When and Where.





Exactly, this is also my opinion. A correct caption must describe what´s seen on the picture and NOT why the photographer is taking the picture or what he is thinking that happen in the particulare scene. And again thanks for the corrections, it´s not that easy if English isn´t your mother language.

(Edited on 2011-05-07 09:33:41 by guenterguni)
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