Please Vote for My Photograph–You Can Vote Every Day for the Next 17 Weeks

Every day for the next seventeen weeks, you can hit the LIKE button to vote for my photograph after signing up and logging in and agreeing to receive the email newsletter that comes with your registration. C’mon, you have nothing better to do, so be sure to tell all your friends to hit the LIKE button, too, to vote for ME! DO IT NOW! The more votes, the better my chance of being named Best Photographer!

Because everyone knows the person with the most votes and most popular is obviously the best photographer, the one doing the highest quality work since they connect to the biggest audience. I can see why this company that’s running the contest wants me to lead all my friends here–they want to tell the whole world about top talented photographers like me. Okay, and market some things to you, but it will all be worth it if I win.

Right? Because then everyone will know I’m the best. The BEST!


Ok, don’t hit the LIKE button. Forget it. Can we all agree that these contests are ridiculous? You really want me to vote every day, like I have nothing else to do but go run up your vote count?

This whole essay is because a friend posted that her son just won a contest and got his photograph on the cover of a magazine, because he had the most votes. I shook my head. That’s just pure marketing. Whoever does the best job getting the most friends to come to the site, register, login and receive their email spam, sure they’re going to be the winner.

The winner for the company.


Can we please stop playing the LIKE contest game? The VOTE FOR ME game? It’s not a win, it’s using your friends for marketing, for building up their email list, and it’s embarrassing.


The other line I find amusing is when a contest says, “Due to popular demand, we’ve extended our deadline.” No, you didn’t. You didn’t get enough (or perhaps any) submissions and you’re extending the deadline to try and take in more money from more contestants. The Sundance Film Festival and Guggenheim Fellowship each get plenty of submissions, they don’t extend their deadline, no matter how popular the demand.


The same is true for photo contests or requests where your submission become the contests’ property, with full rights for perpetuity. Obviously not really a contest but a rights grab. Please read the fine print and don’t give away your copyright on your photograph to companies who will make money with marketing material containing your work. Which you will receive nothing for, because when you added that hashtag, it came with the agreement that the photographs is now theirs to do with it what they will for all time. I call this a slimy company move to steal images from unsuspecting, uneducated photographers.

This photo a local tourist company tried to get full rights to with just a simple hashtag comment. Nope!

There may be some contests that are of some value, but they’re not the ones based on popularity–the kind that gives the award to the one contestant who talks the most of their friends into hitting the LIKE button repeatedly, that have nothing better to do than hit the VOTE button daily. That’s just insane.

If you are involved with a contest that requires votes, don’t tell me about it. I won’t vote for you. (Especially if I like someone else’s work better. Maybe I don’t like your work best–what then, do you want me to lie?)

If you win a contest with the most LIKES, don’t tell me about it. I won’t be proud of you. It’s just a duping of all your friends, wasting all their time hitting that button repeatedly.

There are actual photographers and other artists doing the real work. I champion them. They’re getting gallery shows, publishing zines and books, and growing their following with their work. They’re not looking for a quick win, with friends hitting a button. They’re doing the work.

That’s the only kind of photographer that is even worthy of success, as far as I’m concerned. They’re the only ones who will take the photographic industry by storm with real work.

There are no shortcuts in art. We have to do the work. Achieving lots of clicks of the LIKE button by a lot of friends isn’t much of an accomplishment.

Just a scammy waste of their time, capitalizing on artists in need of validation. Especially the ones with big followings. And companies exploiting the contestants’ friends willing to sign up and play their game.

Do the work. Show that to me. Then I’ll champion you.

That I’ll like.

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