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I think there are alot of amazing photos that could be in the top; however, because they don't have 1000 friends on Facebook voting for their work - it will never make it to the next round. Sorry I just don't agree with this "social media" contest.
I agree that it's not really about quality of images as far as qualifying for the juried round. I had no idea of just what was involved when I entered...it's been quite an education. Unfortunately I am finding that many contests these days have at least one "public" voting phase. In some contests it's a necessary part of the contest, in others it's a separate "people's choice" award.
More than one FAA member has since enlightened me that the sole purpose for this contest is to bring new business to FAA and that it has nothing to do for the most part with the quality of images that qualify. I do think it would have been helpful if on the main contest page it was explained that giving access to one's FB info/friend's list, etc, OR signing up for an FAA account was required for voting. I had to send out an apology to my friends and family after several mentioned this fact.
More and more it seems most contests, apps, etc., ALL want access to one's FB info...privacy is becoming a thing of the past as the profit motive continues to take prededence.
I do not 100% agree but I do understand. There has to be a way to narrow the field otherwise it would take the judges months to go through all the entries. Most contests here are nothing more then a popularity contest. It is not just here but most sites. I entered a contest for animals and the winning photo was awful. You could see the reflection of the photographer in the glass at the zoo enclosure. At least the ones with 250 will be judged properly and not based on the popularity of someone. It is not a perfect system but it is not the worst I have seen.
Agree completely. Plus, I had no idea when I entered my pics, that this would be a vote-trading game for everyone.... but I guess we all have to do it to stay in the game! this is exhausting! Good luck to all of you here!
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