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    Expenses to Enter Exhibit and Contest.

    I'm totally new to the photo shows or exhibits. I just joined a local photo club and haven been receiving some requests to enter photo exhibits.


    Most would require some fees, from $30 to $50, to enter. Sometime you can send a JPG to enter, some you send in a frames print, etc. If you are selected, then you'll print and frame a final photo for competition and exhibit. You still may or may not get any prize.


    This seems an expensive hobby. We photographers bear all the cost to prepare and enter the exhibit. Only the few lucky ones can get some prize. Most would get nothing. As for the entry fees, I do not know how the sponsor would use the fund. Do they pay the folks who judge your photo?


    I'm just curious.

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    Quote Originally Posted by RedSun View Post
    I'm totally new to the photo shows or exhibits. I just joined a local photo club and haven been receiving some requests to enter photo exhibits.


    Most would require some fees, from $30 to $50, to enter. Sometime you can send a JPG to enter, some you send in a frames print, etc. If you are selected, then you'll print and frame a final photo for competition and exhibit. You still may or may not get any prize.


    This seems an expensive hobby. We photographers bear all the cost to prepare and enter the exhibit. Only the few lucky ones can get some prize. Most would get nothing. As for the entry fees, I do not know how the sponsor would use the fund. Do they pay the folks who judge your photo?


    I'm just curious.
    Many of these competitions, exhibitions and catalogue entry offers are scams, designed to take money from you. However, some are OK. In fact it would be a good idea if APUG listed the ones of reputable value.

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    Competitive exhibitions for paintings and the like run pretty much the same way; it's how it is! And cliveh is right, some such events are a bit shifty. I have stuck to smaller local shows which have smaller prizes and presumably less attention and marketing, but hey, it's a hobby. Many such events are put on by non-profit organizations to raise funds, and as such usually ask commissions of 30% or so on sales too. A local Audubon Society site has been having a juried art and photography show for a number of years now.

    I like to characterize the whole thing as playing the lottery -- but you have to bring a picture or two.

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    I would not pay to enter a show/exhibit that I were uncertain about how the money would be used.

    In what few I've entered, I am supporting a local organization that supports and champions arts education and/or amateur photography. Maine Media College for example, provides scholarships with some of their proceeds. Another local one I've participated in is riverartsme.org, which is a organization that does networking, education, exhibits, etc.. If it's a small non-profit, they probably need the entry fees to fund the exhibit space and related activities. Things like buildings and parking lots and lights and heat/ac cost money even if it's staffed by volunteers. The people that visit these exhibits are mostly other artists, not 1%'ers, so it's they aren't in it for the money.

    Even when it's used for the best purposes, some form of cost also causes some self-pre-curation. With painting or alt process printing or silver printing, you make an investment in materials and time and are limited in the volume you can produce or at least have to dedicate your time toward better negatives.. With Jpeg's you could theoretically submit any careless crap, thinking what the hell, nothing lost, why not submit?

    As the OP states, there is luck involved. The juror may different tastes than you, and not everyone agrees about what is good art. If I were a juror, Cindy Sherman might get overlooked, for example.

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    I, for one, absolutely refuse to pay any fee in order to have my work reviewed for exhibition. After over forty years of dedication to my craft, the time and effort and, yes, the expenses I have had to incur, these fees are totally insulting to me. It seems that with the advent of digital photography, the apparent ease of making a photograph has got everyone with a digi-camera thinking that they are the next Ansel Adams, if only someone would look at their work. To that end, these dilettantes gladly part with their cash for the honor and privilege of having their work reviewed by a gallery. This is the job of the gallery, it is what they are in business for, and it shows a total lack of respect to the serious photographer to require him or her to pay for this dubious honor.

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    Jury fees have a few purposes. They help limit the amount of entries to those who feel their work is strong enough for acceptance. They also finance whatever prize money is offered. Jurors are often given a stipend for their work. If the exhibition is in a physical location (a gallery), the fees can go to help with promotion, salaries, rent, etc.

    Before entering competitions, you should do some research. Much of it can be done online. First, check out the venue. If it's a gallery, look at their website. Look at the physical layout, the location, the artists they rep, and the kind of work they offer. Research the juror(s). Do you think your entries would be the kind of work they'd find appealing? If it's an annual competition, most galleries will have posted the winners/accepted work from prior years. Look at the quality of what got in.

    Competitions are a good way to get your work seen, add to your CV, and (to a lesser extent) get your work sold. The only one's I avoid are the on-line competitions. As Clive said, they can be scams. The only ones I enter are those in a physical space, with at least a month long exhibition, reputable juror(s), and reasonable jury fees. I've been accepted, rejected, won some cash, sold some work, but always apply knowing the odds are long...

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    Our club only sends info on reputable events, never spams. Most of them are non-profit, like nature preserve, trail association, ground for sculpture, etc.

    I'm not a pro. I do not need to promote to get customers. I'll be happy to donate part or most of the proceeds from photo sales to the sponsors. But I just do not want to incur the expenses to prepare something that has only a small chance of winning.

    The other thing is that I'm a traditional person, never like the Photoshop work. I do not even crop. But some other folks spend so much time with PP and make some perfect print to send to the event. Then the panel has to decide....

    We already sink so much $$ into this. Now we need to spend more???

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    never pay

    I would never pay honest money up front for the "honor" of maybe winning a ribbon. It is a ripoff. If the organizers can't figure out how to come up with enough dough from persons other than the artists, to run their little scam, then they should get out of the racket. I imagine there are a few honest competitions that charge the entrant but there are dinosaur bones around, too. You just have to dig mighty hard to find them.

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    I think it may make some sense to require a very small fee, like $15 to $20, just to limit the amount of entries. You do not want to receive several hundreds or even more JPGs. But $50 seems excessive.

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    For the $50, how many images are you allowed to enter? Most of the legitimate competitions I'm aware of allow 4-5 images for the original fee.

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