I am sorry, I think we are not comparing Eye the City and Canon PhotoMarathon here..
We are comparing canon photomarathon conducted locally is having a different set of standard comparing with canon photomarathon conducted overseas... The standard is little bit different leh.
btw, congratulations , I think you won a prize too
wow like "tee kum"/ buying lottery!
I agree with DCA, Archlover, Dennis.
This competetion or any competition u either shoot to the theme on how u wan to interprate or the other is u shoot to the judges liking aka shoot to win... as i remembered someone show me in a thread which i once post to talk abt competition n judging, and the photo which receive heavy critc in our CS CnC section turn out to be a winning photo of some competition overseas or some International competition! So basically, sad to say u shoot to the judge's liking.
So why do i still participate in competition? Depending on each individual, how u want to look at it, for me it is a challenge to shoot as close to theme possible within the shortest time or given time. Winning Prize is Secondary or its a bonus.
I know u will then say that we take part in competition is to win. Correct who dun one to win but sad to say there is only limted no of winners! For me everyone is a winner in one way or another!
Just like a piece of art there is no right or wrong. It all depends very much on the organiser as who they bring in as judges, different people, different expectation, different eyes, different interpretation!
Which remind me of my secondary school days, my classmate whom i think is good at art but no matter how hard he try he onli hit 60+ or 70+ marks. Until one day he manage to hit 85+ and or above why? becos he found out that our Art teacher's favourite colour is purple from then on it is no looking back for him and we also manage to score higher then before.
So for me i still will continue to challenge myself where wining will be bonus. If not, it is just gain experience, mixed n learn or exchange pointers with other photographers endless of learning to do.
As for the judges credit to them as it is not easy to go through 1000s of photo in such short time. Ask Dennis u will know dat as it took them 2 full days to judge Eye the City's photos of abt 2k+ photos!
I will still continue to take part in Canon Photo Marathon n Eye the City! Cos these 2 always steches me to the limit!
So i see open le... not everyone thinks or see like anyone else! One man's meat is another's poison. Got to live and let live! No one and Nothing is perfect!
Like I say....
This competition has several controversal points.
Why called it photo marathon? Rubber time, extend and extend....
Why foreigns can join.... don't they have it in their country already? PR can join? When it was a local competition years ago. Fine.
Now that is stretch to some asian countries....
Why allow the staged subjects? Studio shoot, Picture within another picture, high tech shots etc
Announcing the 'death' of photojournalism!!!
One tip: If you see the same 'speaker' next year who gave a short travel lecture during the marathon, do what the winners did and you will not go wrong.
But what the hell am I doing, still hunting for my subjects (theme 2: dreams below), after viewing the shortlisted entries for theme 1 on the board.
At least this man is keeping his and my dream alive!!!
I was wondering if...
a participant were to prepare artwork/portraits/images in days/weeks in advance (big print outs and so on)
and when theme is released, the participant goes home, takes a high res shot of his artwork/portrait/image, and submits. Then again, he could bring his piece outdoors to shoot outside, even less obvious that it's pre-planned.
And the point is that, it is reproduced work, but nobody knows, there's no evidence. At all.
What would that be? What are your views?
And how the organizers should or would respond?
Personally, my own view, is that allowing such situation to happen, it defeats the spirit of a "photomarathon" being a photomarathon, and (no offence to anyone, just to point out a possibility) if winning entries were of such, wouldn't it be a big (hidden or not) joke?
To quote a friend, "it cheapens the competition", it's a harsh comment, but everybody's entitled to their own opinions.
Which brings us to the question
" Is the Canon Photo Marathon about photojournalism? Or anything goes? What was their original aim/theme? Or is it just a simple publicity event for the brand? "
Please do not bash, lest the thread be locked. Constructive debate if possible. Thanks.
Last edited by sbs99; 21st October 2008 at 05:52 PM.