Competitions seem to have multiplied exponentially since the take off of web 2.0. I’ve yet to get anywhere, and wonder how you can catch the eye of the public and then the judges when you are competing agains the whole world! This current competition is run by Artists Wanted uses the now familiar crowd sourcing approach. Get ‘seen’ or in this competitions case, ‘collected’ enough, you go through to the next level of the competition, which is a chance at having your for work exhibited in Times Square.
Crowd sourcing is great. The trouble is, while a single outstanding picture is a wonderful thing they are very common now. With the proliferation of photographic devices the odds of capturing a decisive moment or or heart pulling image is also increased, but that is not the only sole factor in creating a good or interesting photograph in my humble opinion.
Ideas are what make pictures interesting, but how do you get an idea across in a single image? A single image that will stand out amongst the millions around you? What if your idea requires some knowledge of the history of the medium? How many people voting will be aware of these things, and what about peoples ideas about what constitutes a good photograph?
Well for better or worse I’ve entered, so go have a look, it was a tough call picking 9 images that would be eye catching enough to stand out and yet still hint to a level of substance I hope is apparent in my work.
Maybe I should just start my own competition?