I don't understand this. What's to vet?As far as the contest, I agree it's unfair of them to disclude film, perhaps they didn't want to have to deal with vetting a film image and decided it was time to just go digital only for cost and ease reasons?
Make it clear stolen (or "borrowed") images will lead to disqualification. Or run all the finalist images through something like tineye. EXIF can be faked so that's no guarantee. And to exclude the work of some photographers for ease or cost reasons? To deny people a chance because they don't want to go to some trouble or to save money is unethical.
They allowed and still allow medium and large formats in which they have no product; they no longer make large format lenses. They allow images from any make of camera or lens. What will hurt them more, an image taken with a Canon 40D with kit lens, or an image taken with a 105mm Nikkor on an F2? At least the Nikon equipment would serve as a demonstration of the quality of Nikon products through the years. The Canon gets them nothing.They are just being business forward, why supports a medium they don't support,
I don't see the connection. There's no gripe about digital; it's about the exclusion of analog.I don't like it, but it's the reality, it's just like how the painters reacted when photography was new, portrait painters freaked out and chastised film portraits claiming it wasn't real art etc.
It is a medium of the past. Over 150 years of iconic images bear witness to its ability to reach people of all stations in life.so, we have to accept that this is a medium of the past.
It is also a medium of the present. Film is still being made, and is being used by people with the drive and determination to realize their vision through it.
It is also a medium of the future, so long as there are companies making film, and beyond that people making their own emulsions and carbons and gum prints, just as some do now. That artistry should not be ignored.
It is not much different from painting, really. Except that successful painters receive much more money for their work.
Painting was the medium of the past, it is a highly valued art form of the present, and it will continue to be in the future, even if painters have to grind their own pigments and mix their own paints. I know one who does that now, to get what he wants.