ach, god, i do hate losing. that's the reason i don't enter most contests, whether it's for a woman or a trip to the moon.
the choices made in most competitions, say those for photos, depend upon criteria i find offensive, like beauty and sentiment. obviously, i prefer the oblique angle, not exactly cynical, but questioning.
so it is with great trepidation i'm entering a fight for high status: the barnack photojournalism award:
of course, it's total nonsense on my part. yet, i'd love to go to arles, france where van gogh painted extraordinary pictures and be feted by the photo world. nothing ventured, nothing gained, i say.
perhaps it's the six-pack of sierra-nevada that gives me the reckless courage. who cares what the reason! here's my request:
a request for help
since i started as a journalist in high school, do photos in a series, and enjoy history, i'd like the enter the leica barnack contest (turns out you can use any camera). for the past two days i've gone through my 2009 photos and have come up with six themes, which i've posted on my site.
i'd first of all like to know which theme has a chance of winning (i like them all). this contest for photojournalism, so it has to have social content. look at past winners and see what i mean.
they don't always go for top-heavy political emphasis. each theme i've chosen backed up by dozens of photos, so these particular ones don't have to be the final choice. i would like curator evaluations of what might be strongest, given the requirements.
thanks much for your insight.
what do i have to lose except my reputation, which doesn't exist!