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In the Final of a Photo Competition


6 Feb 2011 9:18PM
I've been lucky enough to get to the final of an online photo competition with my shot, The Inquisitive Duckling. I would really appreciate it if you could go to the link below and view the entries -

http://www.mypetbook.co.uk/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=212&Itemid=113

It would be great if you could vote for MAY, which is my picture "The Inquisitive Duckling", but of course if you really prefer another shot then vote for them

Please only vote once per person from each IP address (if more than one person leave 24hrs in between vote), and please ask your friends to vote as well

There is also an option to link it to facebook should you wish ; )

Thanks,
Pete D

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Jestertheclown
6 6.6k 242 England
6 Feb 2011 9:56PM
Sorry.

Much as I wish you all the luck in the world with your entry, I don't think that asking people to vote for it is really in the spirit of the competition.
sherlob e2
8 2.4k 126 United Kingdom
6 Feb 2011 10:50PM
It's between yours and Nov's for me - 2 completely different styles but both excellent. Although I see point of Jestertheclown I disagree on the principle that when others have done this they haven't always been criticised (although I have seen some criticism), indeed on many occasions quite the reverse. I see your post as promoting the competition - albeit you acknowledge your vested interest. Looking at the results so far I don't think you need to go mad promoting it.
Pete e2
13 18.7k 96 England
6 Feb 2011 11:01PM

Quote:I don't think that asking people to vote for it is really in the spirit of the competition.
It's the same with any competition where public votes are required the winning artwork/song/item is often the one who has the most friends/online presence...not necessarily the best artwork/song/item. So each candidate may as well take the same approach.
6 Feb 2011 11:30PM

Quote:Sorry.

Much as I wish you all the luck in the world with your entry, I don't think that asking people to vote for it is really in the spirit of the competition.



I can see why you might say this but I recieved an email from the organisers asking me to get as many people as possible to vote, and in this particular forum I haven't actually asked you to vote for me, just the picture you think is best.


Quote:It's between yours and Nov's for me - 2 completely different styles but both excellent. Although I see point of Jestertheclown I disagree on the principle that when others have done this they haven't always been criticised (although I have seen some criticism), indeed on many occasions quite the reverse. I see your post as promoting the competition - albeit you acknowledge your vested interest. Looking at the results so far I don't think you need to go mad promoting it.


I agree, I really like November too. In reality however its between me and August, as we both have far more votes than anyone else. On two occasions August got 100+ votes in about 10-20 minutes, so I would say that if anyone is cheating its not me. The contest ends on March 15th so still a long way to go. The organiser did state to me that they wanted lots of votes in order to promote the site and effectively fund the prize.


Quote:I don't think that asking people to vote for it is really in the spirit of the competition.It's the same with any competition where public votes are required the winning artwork/song/item is often the one who has the most friends/online presence...not necessarily the best artwork/song/item. So each candidate may as well take the same approach.


Thanks Pete, this is definitely the case in this competition and is encouraged by the organisers. I have been working really hard to promote my picture and the competition I know that August is doing the same so I think posting here is fair

Thanks for all your comments
Cheers
Pete
Jestertheclown
6 6.6k 242 England
6 Feb 2011 11:34PM
So this "competition" is really a way for someone to promote their website (SEO?) and not a lot to do with photography?

Jester.
Overread e2
6 3.9k 18 England
6 Feb 2011 11:36PM

Quote:It's the same with any competition where public votes are required the winning artwork/song/item is often the one who has the most friends/online presence...not necessarily the best artwork/song/item. So each candidate may as well take the same approach.


It's clear that getting votes by "advertising" the competition and the company is the companies intent with this kind of competition. I hate them because I can see that its just "spam" advertising in a different form, which generally gets regular people (new and existing members of sites) targeted with the "Its advertising spam" hate when infact its the company itself that drives the need to share the details around.
Nick_Hilton e2
9 561 2 United Kingdom
6 Feb 2011 11:41PM
So you telling me to vote for either a duckling with its reflected head cut off or a dog with its head cut off by a door Hmmmm difficult choice Wink
6 Feb 2011 11:50PM

Quote:So you telling me to vote for either a duckling with its reflected head cut off or a dog with its head cut off by a door Hmmmm difficult choice Wink


No Nick, I'm not telling you to do anything.....


Quote:So this "competition" is really a way for someone to promote their website (SEO?) and not a lot to do with photography?

Jester.



Well Jester, it has photographs in it so I guess it has something to do with photography? Wildlife Photographer of the Year has a sponser as well. If you like a photo vote, if not don't.


It's clear that getting votes by "advertising" the competition and the company is the companies intent with this kind of competition. I hate them because I can see that its just "spam" advertising in a different form, which generally gets regular people (new and existing members of sites) targeted with the "Its advertising spam" hate when infact its the company itself that drives the need to share the details around.


Fair point, if people on here hate it that much I'll remove it, I'm just in with a shout of winning a camera and am doing what I can to win, by asking you to have a look and vote on the image you like most. I did'nt want to annoy or cause offence.
Pete e2
13 18.7k 96 England
6 Feb 2011 11:55PM

Quote:Fair point, if people on here hate it that much I'll remove it,

Don't worry about it...as you say others in the competition are doing the same. Some won't like your tactics, but the methods of the competition drive that approach not you. As you say people don't have to vote for your shot or even vote at all. Incidentally what was the competition theme?
mcgannc e2
6 389 3 England
6 Feb 2011 11:56PM
Have to say I'm quite surprised by some of the responses received here...I don't see what is so wrong with someone flagging a competition they are in?? The world in which we live is full of self promotion - if I want to get on in work, I need to raise awareness with others towards what I'm doing, that way I will have a greater chance of gaining the positive feedback needed about my performance to get the pay rise I want, you have to sell yourself!

The OP gave a choice:
a) have a look if you want;
b) vote for them if you want;
c) vote for someone else if you prefer.

Really don't see why it is such a big issue??

Chris
Jestertheclown
6 6.6k 242 England
6 Feb 2011 11:57PM

Quote:I did'nt want to annoy or cause offence.

I'm not annoyed or offended and if your image wins and you get a camera because your's is judged to be the best image that was entered by an impartial jury, then good luck to you.
It just doesn't seem that that's the way it's being judged. The relative merits, or otherwise, of the entries are taking second place to someone lining their pocket.
Anyway, I haven't entered or voted, so the outcome makes no difference to me.
On which note, I shall say no more.

Jester.
6 Feb 2011 11:58PM

Quote:Fair point, if people on here hate it that much I'll remove it,
Don't worry about it...as you say others in the competition are doing the same. Some won't like your tactics, but the methods of the competition drive that approach not you. As you say people don't have to vote for your shot or even vote at all. Incidentally what was the competition theme?



Cheers,

The theme was pets, or your "Wild Pet" The final twelve images were selected by the organisers and put up for voting.
7 Feb 2011 12:00AM

Quote:I did'nt want to annoy or cause offence.
I'm not annoyed or offended and if your image wins and you get a camera because your's is judged to be the best image that was entered by an impartial jury, then good luck to you.
It just doesn't seem that that's the way it's being judged. The relative merits, or otherwise, of the entries are taking second place to someone lining their pocket.
Anyway, I haven't entered or voted, so the outcome makes no difference to me.
On which note, I shall say no more.

Jester.



Fair enough mate.
digicammad e2
11 22.0k 37 United Kingdom
7 Feb 2011 8:16AM

Quote:The OP gave a choice:
a) have a look if you want;
b) vote for them if you want;
c) vote for someone else if you prefer.

Really don't see why it is such a big issue??



Totally agree. Some people should take their tablets.

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