As I stood in the street I was handed a card to join a local photography club. What do you do there, I asked the woman who had given me the card, and she told me that it was just a place for people to get together and share their images and that once a month they have a photo contest.
I don't know what's wrong with me, but I am opposed to photo contests. Whether I would win, lose or draw, it seems like a totally dumb idea. I mean, if I took two of my own photos to judge, I couldn't tell which one was better than the other so how could a group of people. How can one picture be a "winner." Have you ever seen how judges attempt to explain why a picture is good? Hogwash.
But I keep getting asked to entered contests and I keep refusing on epistemological grounds. The only time that it would have some meaning to me would be if it was judged by one single photographer that I respected. But I suspect that any photographer that I respected wouldn't be caught dead doing this sort of judging unless they were hard up for money.