Tuesday, 27 January 2009

? International Aperture Awards 2008 ?

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ARCHIVED : International Aperture Awards

January 2009

I copy the announcement : "And the Major Prize winner is.... Jim Fiscus, US"
Also I copy the info on the Major Prize : "The image with the highest score from this panel will be awarded USD$25,000.00".

Despite the October statement -see screenshot- the prize did went down significantly. Although to me USD 25,000 is still a very substantial amount, I am uncomfortable with the shift, yet not surprised...


2 October | Things are evolving. The entry fee is now normalised... Thank you. Can you also do something for students?



27 September, 17.00 h | Since my post of 5 September, more information about this competition has been made available on the website. I keep this post on my blog, because I am curious to see how a competition like this evolves. But I doubt that this one belongs here. My aim is to flag serious, transparent events that generate exposure/publicity (photo exhibitions/books etc.) and that focus on and promote photography and the views of the photographer. They should be opportunities for photographers.


I'm flagging this one with question marks and exclamation mark!

"The image with the highest score from this panel will be awarded USD 100,000.00". But than again, they charge USD 250 entry fee!

Would you pay USD 250 and enter such an unknown event? Do you see it as an opportunity?

More information on the website




* On 8 September we received a response from the organisors.

tonyo said...
Hi I am the head of the awards under discussion. We have been developing software in the area of events management and particularly photographic awards area for a Professional Institute for a number of years. We have a product we are taking to the world to sell and thought rather than spend large money on advertising we would run this event. Over the next couple of weeks you will see our judging groups announced.On the back of this event we have a number of new events, in graphic design and also short film. I hope this answers some questions.

4 comments:

Ian Aleksander Adams said...

I'd be in for the pure pay to play lottery AS an art project.

Someone has to poke some serious fun at all these contests.

tonyo said...

Hi I am the head of the awards under discussion. We have been developing software in the area of events management and particularly photographic awards area for a Professional Institute for a number of years. We have a product we are taking to the world to sell and thought rather than spend large money on advertising we would run this event. Over the next couple of weeks you will see our judging groups announced.On the back of this event we have a number of new events, in graphic design and also short film. I hope this answers some questions.

Anonymous said...

dear tonyo,
Instead of giving away big prizes and charging outrageous fees - you could give much less and ask for much more reasonable fees.
IPA (which is the biggest and most known competition) take 35 - 60 dollars and give discounts to students.
And their judges are well known figures in the world of photography.
Or perhaps you intend this to be a competition for rich bored people who's hobby is photography?

Nathan said...

NEW Single Image Entry to the Competition

Due to the extraordinary number of requests for a single image entry, we have made some positive changes to the entry fees and also to the number of images able to be accepted per entrant.

Single Entry Fee (1 image) $39.00 up to a maximum of 8 images.