If it's OK to 'summarily exclude' digital discussions in this Forum, why does Nikon not have the right to 'summarily exclude' analog capture in their contest?
A very silly comparison.
A discussion forum and a contest are completely different things.
Forums are by their nature exclusive; they address a particular interest. Nikonians is about Nikon; no one's concerned about that. But try discussing film Nikons on there, much less film photography. The reason APUG exists is because most other photo forums discuss digital exclusively or there is so much that analog users have to wade through, while putting up with the occasional snide comments. APUG is about analog; it's in the title.
The Nikon Photo contest is long-established and well respected. It long predates digital. They now choose to exclude a whole class of photographers from their contest- something they never did before. When digital was used by only a few and almost every camera they made was a film camera, they did not exclude images produced by digital cameras. It is not called the Nikon Digital Photo contest, but that is what it has become. They have effectively declared analog to be not photography.
I do use a digital device in my photographic pursuits when necessary.
When someone rags on me for using film, I use a middle digit, upraised.
For the purposes of their photography contest, they have, in effect, declared analog to be not photography. Now do you get it?
Humans are not robots, they base a lot of response on emotions and perceptions. The first thing any of us did when reading that Nikon has done is ask why? So until we get either a press release that states why or someone from within the corporate structure as to why, then we only have our perceptions...
Imagine if you had saved up a year to buy an F6, got the Nikon World Calendar every year and looked forward to maybe even entering the contest only to hear this announcement...you would be offended...I am offended and I have let them know this and if I don't hear back from them in another 48 hours I am going to call the L.A. office of NPS and talk to someone about it...
They owe people an explanation at the very least...
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No problem with dry down times..." APUG'r Willie Jan
Ilford should organize a contest open only to traditional photography. But that would be only B&W then
Maybe a consortium should be formed between all firms involved in traditional photography: people like Fuji, Ilford, Rollei, Tetenal, etc. and they should promote traditional photography as a whole. That might include organizing a photography contest.
Oh they have made a very strong statement. Part of that statement is the express statement that their contest will accept no film images.
I'm sorry you have such a strong inferiority complex regarding analog imaging.
You are reading something into the Nikon contest that I doubt Nikon intended. You should give them benefit of the doubt.
As I suggested earlier, write a nice message to Nikon asking they consider adding an analog category to their contest. Please note I said 'nice' - you can always catch more bees with sugar than you can with vinegar. A rant will be ignored.