Originally Posted by eclarke
I got into a school comp last year. It wasn't fun, judges just went to their preferences. Specially when you see that a boring boring photo is over your work just because it shows a thing in it that has caught the attention of the judges. But it's worth as much as the "paper" it's printed on.
And thinking about what you said, yeah, I was shooting for the judges, my bad. Not really for me (even if I liked the results).
Won't get anymore into there, I'll try to control the feeling that says "go for it!".
I should forget most of the comps here, all is just digital.
I suppose it all depends on the community you're interacting with. My own experience has been primarily with the P.S.A., although I have responded to about a dozen non-P.S.A. calls for entry as well. The judges were other P.S.A. members, or in the other situations, artists of varying experience. The person giving me the advice that I relayed above is a professional artist - that is to say that she has lived solely on her art-derived income for the last 22 years - and all of the shows that she submits work to are judged by other professional artists. That said, I fully recognize that this means nothing more than these are two individual's experiences that may or may not have any relation to how things work in a different area or with different groups. I'm glad that not everyone has had this type of experience.
Originally Posted by DWThomas
I seem to go back and forth every couple of years, feeling that it might be interesting to have work shown in contest-type shows from time to time, but my experiences have been enough to leave me with a permanent distaste for the whole process. Honestly speaking, and I'm not trying to be critical in any way of anyone's views here, I get a lot more out of interacting with people viewing work displayed in a group gallery show or by showing prints directly to individuals than I ever got from anything sent to a contest.