Don’t like “Likes”

I’ve recently have been entering my work in contests, mostly just for fun and feedback and to wile away the winter days. Most “contests”, or competitions,  I have been entering have traditional judging, in the sense that a judge or judges choose what they think are the best images of the competition. Those are fine, I don’t have a problem with that method. Obviously the judges taste plays a big role and you do have to do your homework prior to entering and decide if your work can fit into their vision. That I can do.

But it’s the social media contests that irk me the most. The ones where whichever photo gets the most “likes” wins. A modern day popularity contest where the image doesn’t really matter, it’s simply based on how many friends and family members you can get to click the button. And it shows, because the work entered and the work that wins leaves a lot to be desired. I have entered a couple for kicks, yet made no attempt to campaign amongst my Facebook friends, just relying on those who are viewing the contest and supposedly judging. And, of course, I fail miserably. 😉 No like.

Feel free to “like” this post though!

How about some color for a change?

© David Guidas

© David Guidas

  One thought on “Don’t like “Likes”

  1. iosatel
    January 12, 2014 at 9:27 pm

    Great tone and light, beautiful picture!

    • January 12, 2014 at 11:04 pm

      Thanks. I just happened to be at the frozen lake at the right time.

  2. January 13, 2014 at 5:22 am

    Beautiful shot, most worthy of many ‘likes’. You’re right, those online contests can easily be decided on the basis of who has the most social media ‘friends’. Probably best avoided.

    • January 13, 2014 at 7:52 am

      And that I do! Thanks Mike.

  3. January 13, 2014 at 5:49 am

    I see your point. Nevertheless, I think it is most important that you enjoy yourself when taking pictures. Of course, I am happy if anybody likes my photos, but it is only a part of the great photographic experience. Keep going on!

    • January 13, 2014 at 7:54 am

      I definitely enjoy photography and sharing my work when applicable. My work doesn’t have mass appeal and I am fine with that, as my tastes are not mainstream anyhow.

  4. January 14, 2014 at 9:07 pm

    I really like this one David, and I agree…!

  5. January 15, 2014 at 7:59 pm

    I’ll like it, but only because it’s no contest. (Debates apologizing for the bad attempt at humor… Decides not to.)

    • January 15, 2014 at 11:01 pm

      Thanks, I like that!

  6. January 19, 2014 at 6:41 pm

    I agree with what you’ve written, and I LOVE this photograph.

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