I've been steadily entering competitions, and have shown in several of them. The upside, I'm building a nice resume of shows. The downside, shipping and framing are generally on me. I won a Camera Club of NY competition two years ago, which was so great, and they gave me a solo show in NYC... big time, right??? Well, no sales, and getting the prints there was a pain, and the $300 stipend just barely covered the expenses. Fortunately, I already had the pix framed for a previous show. I considered those framing costs as an investment, and it makes it easier to submit to shows knowing the exhibition prints are framed and ready to go. Still... wouldn't have traded that experience for anything. So, after that I realized that I'm going to be very careful and selective about which shows to enter. I generally stick with regional competitions... the northeast of the US, stick with those that have some sort of benefit to winning other than bragging rights... like cash. Lastly, I don't make work to satisfy some juror, but I don't submit work to jurors that I think are a bad fit for my work. It's always good to know who they are.
And yes.. it's slow process, but it's how you can get your work out there.
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