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Mar 12, 2018 08:49 |  #1
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I have been seeing many photo contests propping up here and there. These aren't internationally known contests. Is regional and very local. They all have entry fees from $25 to $50+. The prizes are ok. Are these contests really good in helping you to get ahead in the photography industry??? I don't care about the whole ego thing since that won't get you paying clients. Some of these contests are open to everyone around the world...is like playing the lottery you know.... I hate betting and gambling. The photo pool is so large that.....I can't see them judging these shots correctly and fairly....

If you enter one in thinking that it would help you in your photography, you will continue to enter more....is like playing the lottery here.... Except that even if you won, you don't necessary becoming rich either.....overnight..​... :)


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Mar 12, 2018 09:38 |  #2

You never know until you'll try it. Just avoid those with votes on FB. It is bogus, not real voting.
I have tried, won and big time once, but now I prefer online photo club where I belong to contests.
I won and loose, send and receive bets, prizes. I even organized one as well.


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Mar 12, 2018 09:49 |  #3

I know a guy who is an amazing photographer. He enters contests and routinely wins them. He does it for the prizes - trips for two, cash, etc. I don't know how he does it. He could make way more by publishing books, but he refuses to do that, won't even consider it. Heh, we all have our ways.

I used to participate in International Salons. It was fun. I had my share of victories. If you keep at it, you will make a reputation. Now WHY you would do it that way, I don't know. But the salons were fun. Not doing it any more, though.

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Mar 12, 2018 10:40 |  #4

I've entered a few......lost a few, but won too.

I just recently won $330 in a local one.

It's fun, give it a go.


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saea501 wrote in post #18583587 (external link)
I've entered a few......lost a few, but won too.

I just recently won $330 in a local one.

It's fun, give it a go.

Cool...but how much you "invested" in these contests before landing your $330 win??? I am thinking about it from the economic perspectives. Assuming if the award isn't doing anything for your photography later on and in the future??? If it does, that's great. The investment is worth it.


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Mar 12, 2018 11:07 |  #6

The winner is the person/org hosting the contest. They not only get your entry fee, they also get all rights to your submitted image. (every contest TCs I've read through)

Normally what I've seen if they would of licensed your image from Getty, for their usage, they would have had to pay more than they are even offering as an award. Smithsonian mag, Nat Geo, Post, Canon etc... they all hold contests I've never heard of one single case of a past winner getting a paid assignment afterwards.

I can understand the entry fee (although lately even that is over priced) but the ridiculous rights grab - if they can't respect a photographer's licensing then there is NO reason to respect the contest or the organization putting on the contest. scammers!

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Mar 12, 2018 11:09 |  #7

I've won a couple. Spent more in "gifts" to the judges than I received in prizes.


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Mar 12, 2018 11:15 |  #8

I actually watched a video on this very subject yesterday. I'm not sure if these are the type of contests that the OP is thinking of entering but there's some interesting reflections (as usual from Ted) and I think it's worth sharing.



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Mar 12, 2018 11:28 |  #9

I would imagine many people simply do it because they enjoy it. I would bet that for most, it's not really about the money, prizes or fame, it's simply something they like to do. I enter contests where I pay, often times, a fairly large entry fee knowing that I have absolutely no chance of winning but I do it because of the personal satisfaction and fun that I have. It's not photography contests but running road races that I enjoy.




  
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Mar 12, 2018 11:54 |  #10
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Owain Shaw wrote in post #18583619 (external link)
I actually watched a video on this very subject yesterday. I'm not sure if these are the type of contests that the OP is thinking of entering but there's some interesting reflections (as usual from Ted) and I think it's worth sharing.



Yeah, yeah it makes sense to me in a way. You can get plenty of exposures as long as you have a large pool of following in your social media accounts. And companies would pay you because of your social media connections and the ability to reach out to your audience...using your photography.


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Chet wrote in post #18583611 (external link)
I've won a couple. Spent more in "gifts" to the judges than I received in prizes.


"Gifts??" Did you bribe them??? LOLOLOLOL


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Mar 12, 2018 12:02 |  #12

TooManyShots wrote in post #18583656 (external link)
"Gifts??" Did you bribe them??? LOLOLOLOL

They prefer you not use that language.


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Mar 12, 2018 14:50 |  #13

By take is contests, yes but contest fees no.

I've judged contests in photo journalism, organized a regional effort, and also entered a few. Contests that charge entry fees and provide winner prizes leave me completely cold. The granting of use rights is itself a hefty fee even when the organizer does not monetize them.

Contests, in general, force shooters to make choices about our work. That, in itself, is a good reward. A wins feel good and can help some with reputation.


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