Friday evening and I’m trolling around the “now too numerous to read photo blogs”, trying to kill another hour in the office before I turn in and I stumble on Rob Haggarts latest blog about Photo contests. Inspired by THIS, which reminds me of my similar rant from sometime last year.
What’s really entertaining though is the comments. Things float along nicely then all of a sudden, WHAM! someone from PDN, whom Haggart (rightfully in my opinion) slammed in his post, jumps outta nowhere and tags him behind the ear. We then get dragged over to PDN for the comments that people have left there, none of which are positive.
Oddly enough, this subject came up the other night here at the onewordphotography bunker. I was reading the American Photo “annual contest winners issue” in bed while the misus thumbed through some girly nonsense like Wish or Better Homes and Gardens and I expressed varying degrees of shock, outrage and despair at some of the selections that “won”. When the missus asked what my problem was, I showed her and she said “oh my”. I then told her that just that day I had sent in a submission to one of the few contests I still feel is credible however, had to admit, not only did I break my own rule but, I tossed $130 in the bin doing it. Even if I do win (very long shot), the prize is crap and the “recognition” is worthless. Sucker.
Kids, the lessons here are as follows; 1. Contests are an almost complete waste of time. 2. You will NEVER become a busy photographer by winning a contest. 3. Fights in the comments section of blogs are not as exciting as a schoolyard fight in grade eight. 4. Fights in the comments section of blogs are much more entertaining and generally last much longer than a schoolyard fight in grade eight.
Now, back to hitting “refresh” on the comments, this might get really good.