The Pictures of the Year International (POYi) contest has a new feature this year. They are live streaming the annual contest judging from Columbia, Missouri.
I have tuned in a couple times and it is wild. Not only can you see the year’s best images being voted in and out (mostly out) but the one hundred people allowed to watch at any given time can also participate in a chat room.
Usually photographers bitch about contest judges when the results are released but now they can do it immediately. It is exciting and disgusting at the same time.
Up until this afternoon, all my photos had been voted out by time I got onto the site. Today, I entered as my Olympics’ Michael Phelps’ flower photo was advancing into the final round. 1 of 33. Besides some other stellar shots, it was competing against 6 other Phelps’ celebration photos. I thought that mine was different enough to merit an award but when one judge said that he liked it for that reason, the other judges said it was out of focus and it was voted out.
You can decide for yourself by going HERE.
I agree that the focus point isn’t exactly on Phelps face but I think that it is close enough.
This is the downside to contests. I get all worked up by a subjective decision made by 4 people sitting in a darkened room in Middle America when I should only care if the readers liked it.
But I guess most photographers and people in general like to be validated. It’s not like I never have won a contest before, but it still deflates me when I lose.
I will be over it later today just in time to see my sports portfolio get trashed.