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    Default Photography Prize - how much money would really get people interested?

    The other day someone asked me about photography prizes, most specifically about the kind of prize money that would really send a buzz through both the pro and enthusiast fraternity. Any ideas.

    Also just for interest sake, which category of photography would be guaranteed to attract vast numbers of entrants?

    Looking forward to your views - Clive

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    Default Re: Photography Prize - how much money would really get people interested?

    I think it all depends on where the contest was held, be it on this website, a local photography club, through a national magazine, etc.

    If you are talking about this website, $250 would buzz me, but I would not win because I think on this site the category would have to be birds or landscape, and I really don't shoot either of these.
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    Default Re: Photography Prize - how much money would really get people interested?

    No Lawrence - not just this website, lets make it worldwide! my gut feeling was that landscape or wild life would figure pretty highly in popularity. My personal choice favours a loose interpretation of landscape, meaning that it could include people which would then mean you could drag one of your models out into the desert and get some amazing shots.

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    Default Re: Photography Prize - how much money would really get people interested?

    If you want to attract the best photographers; I think you need to charge people for the priviledge to be in your photo contest. Let's say $50 ... This will deter most FB posters

    The price doesn't need to be in the silly money territory - $2000?
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    Default Re: Photography Prize - how much money would really get people interested?

    I have seen prizes of $50,000
    Photography Competition Grand Prize Is $50,000 | CreativePro.com

    and others around $15,000

    surely an open topic such as 'nature' would attract the most
    or perhaps you need no topic at all

    $2 entry fee, 40,000 entrants, commercial contribution
    not hard to foresee $100,000 being approachable
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    Default Re: Photography Prize - how much money would really get people interested?

    Thanks guys - "pets"!!!! OMG just imagine an art gallery full of them!! I think I'd be taken away by men in white coats after a few seconds of it. Nature - would probably mean that you'd be swamped with nudes which is fine but guaranteed to cause controversy and too much anger.

    Landscape appeals to me because there is something intrinsically controversial about it with a great deal of people thinking that if its great for a calendar its great landscape photography and many others thinking that picture that could go on a calendar just isn't art.
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    Default Re: Photography Prize - how much money would really get people interested?

    A prize of $1,500 or so would be interesting. Choosing a category would be even more interesting. I think Daniel's idea of dung beetles is great, that's nature right? Without a category, it would be near impossible to choose a winner, how do you choose between the best ever "people" shot and the best ever "landscape"? What does landscape mean?

    Interesting concept though.
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    Default Re: Photography Prize - how much money would really get people interested?

    Landscapes are everywhere and something everyone could have "access" to and be creative. Not everyone is around 'beautiful' landscapes, so that's where creativity comes into play. How many pretty sunsets have we seen? Or mountain scenes, etc? Being specific will draw more creativity, I think.

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    Default Re: Photography Prize - how much money would really get people interested?

    Thanks again - I'm beginning to realise that one of the attractions of prizes is that the organisation that hosts a prize is able to fully express it'sown ideals and values by the way they design the rules, criteria, subject.

    When done well both host and competitors benefit.

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    Default Re: Photography Prize - how much money would really get people interested?

    Quote Originally Posted by Halfa View Post
    Thanks again - I'm beginning to realise that one of the attractions of prizes is that the organisation that hosts a prize is able to fully express it'sown ideals and values by the way they design the rules, criteria, subject.

    When done well both host and competitors benefit.
    The key thing is to do it well. I would think that would mean knowing exactly what your ideals are. When that is achieved, it works.
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    Quote Originally Posted by AnnF View Post
    Landscapes are everywhere and something everyone could have "access" to and be creative. Not everyone is around 'beautiful' landscapes, so that's where creativity comes into play. How many pretty sunsets have we seen? Or mountain scenes, etc? Being specific will draw more creativity, I think.

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    I would have to agree, if we include urban landscapes or city-scapes in the mix then everyone has access. Die hard landscapers may have a different view though.
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    Default Re: Photography Prize - how much money would really get people interested?

    Yep - landscape has become one those words that has been high jacked by architects, landscape architects, city planners, conceptual artists, arts agencies, academics and the list goes on - and on! with words added to it that I personally find infuriating like, urban landscape, banking or retail landscape etc.

    I was recently on the pre-selection panel for a $30,000 landscape painting prize that takes a very broad view of what can be a landscape, other panel members didn't seem amused when I quipped that it seemed as if as seascape could be a landscape, but a landscape couldn't be a seascape.

    My choice for this prize is a bit of reverse elitism by favouring non-urban landscapes.

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    Default Re: Photography Prize - how much money would really get people interested?

    Quote Originally Posted by jnicklin View Post
    I would have to agree, if we include urban landscapes or city-scapes in the mix then everyone has access. Die hard landscapers may have a different view though.
    Quote Originally Posted by Halfa View Post
    My choice for this prize is a bit of reverse elitism by favouring non-urban landscapes.
    I had always thought a landscape was any scenic shot of an area. Could be any density of people/buildings. Techniques are usually the same for both. My definition would insist upon 1) being outdoors, 2) not of any specific person, building, or object. Key subjects would be land, sea, sky, and whatever buildings/objects/cars/boats/people happen to be in the image at that time (not placed there for the photo). For example, you place your camera in a given location, and take a picture of that view, with no prior preparation of the area.

    Why I would not enter a contest is because I rarely have the appropriate subject matter to shoot. Most of the people I know don't like having their pictures taken, which rules out portraits. The area I live in doesn't offer much apart form city type landscapes, all angles of which I've seen others do before.
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    Default Re: Photography Prize - how much money would really get people interested?

    I might as well come clean now, our state government is offering a $350,000 prize/award/grant for small rural communities under 1500 people, the title of the project is - Small Town Transformations, it is administered by Regional Arts Victoria - our community is well placed to pick one of these up, our shopping list is relatively simple and unspectacular - ie, it lacks a high profile "stick in everyone's mind" iconic banner component. Brain storming dwelt on the local's funny assertion that their little town is the centre of the universe. This lead to the cheeky idea that we have the "The world's greatest Landscape" photographic prize, the unique twist would be that our 200 residents would judge the prize, making them the town that judged the world.

    Then we started to get a bit practical! if the idea appealed to many people, we could have 45000 photos to look at on a computer screen! and that's the easy bit - it would be logistics nightmare. So we think we may have moved on.

    Because we live in big wide Landscape we thought that seeing everyone else's rural landscape may both exciting and informative.

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    Wow. Sounds like fun!

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    Default Re: Photography Prize - how much money would really get people interested?

    it does doesn't it - I've always loved ideas that make normal people special - back in 1983 I did what I thought was a very small project for a local town, I got every primary school child to write their names on tiles, these were fired to make them permanent and then arranged on a structure in the centre of town - the idea being that they had as much right to be there as the famous. The children have grown up now and have children of their own and I quite often see parents pointing their names out to their kids, quite touching.

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    That is very special indeed!

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    Default Re: Photography Prize - how much money would really get people interested?

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