Subtitle: “We care not about your stupid photo idea, just deliver us eyeballs and page views for our branding and ad revenue.”
A few weeks ago I first heard about an upcoming photo contest, Name Your Dream Assignment, where you could win $50,000.00 to photograph your winning idea. Sounds great, right? I thought so. Then today, someone posts a promotional announcement on Linked-in, where he proudly touts, “It’s the idea that counts.”
Well, I’m sorry, but that just smacked me in the face of hypocrisy. You see, just the other day I got a promo email from the contest, saying that only the top-20 vote getting ideas will be considered for the prize. What this really means is that it’s not about your idea, so much as your ability to drive eyeballs (read: votes & voters) to their web site. What about all the other photographers out there who have truly great, inspiring, and worthy ideas that should merit consideration, but who don’t posses any grand social-networking skills? Why should they even bother entering? They’ve already lost if they don’t have a blog network, a fan following on a photo-sharing site, or some other means of delivering a thousand or more votes for their idea. But someone with the ability to drive thousands of eyeballs to the site stands a chance to win fifty grand for his idea to shoot dissected frog-guts dripping off children’s faces in the 10 most affluent neighborhoods in the US.
IOW – you have a great and worthy idea for a $50k dream photo assignment? Well, tough crap if you can’t bring them enough eyeballs.
Shame on these guys for their spitting in the face of all these other photographers, without giving them any other chance to have their idea considered or given the slightest bit of merit.
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