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    I recently entered an art competition called Fresh Blood Hunt with this piece of art



    Fantastically, I've made it through to the finals, and now it's down to voting! If you've got a spare 30 seconds, your vote would be seriously appreciated! I've got a chance of winning a MacBook Pro with the entire adobe CS6 included, and anyone who votes has a chance if winning prizes too! You can vote for my entry here, but please check out all the finalists to make sure you're not putting your vote in the wrong place!

    This competition aside though, I think this situation raises a lot of issues. I've seen a lot of competitions like this, determined by vote, where it ultimately comes down to how many friends and followers you can gather in order to vote for you, instead of how many impartial voters like your image. It's a shame that this has ended up being the case, but I thought it would be an interesting start from which to discuss and link as many art competitions as possible for the benefit of all the artists on this board!
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      CommentAuthorSlick
    • CommentTimeJun 2nd 2012
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    Done, good luck.
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      CommentAuthorYskaya
    • CommentTimeJun 4th 2012
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    Voted. Wishing you well. :)

    #discussion: Oof. competitions. since you asked.

    I tend not to enter contests (because of reasons explained below) but I will notify other artists if I think the challenge is their cup of tea.
    What seems unreasonable to me, may not hinder another person as much. Thank you for starting the thread!

    specwork

    Contests are (in my opinion) specwork guised as a fun excersize with a possible prize at the end. Basically you are asking people to design a solution to your problem for free and only one lucky winner will be chosen.

    Would you ask several carpenters to decorate your house and only pay the one whose work you like best?
    All of those men and women put in the time, effort and resources to make your house beautiful.

    devil, details

    A thing to watch out for when submitting to a contest is how broad of a license(s) they (competition holders) ask you to grant them to your artwork.
    It is reasonable for a company/person holding the contest to cover its arse as much as it can to avoid litigation incase of 'you stole my idea'.

    But what do they offer you in return for your entry? And will the rights to your artwork/prose revert back to you when your work isn't used?

    Always read the fine print of the challenge you accept.

    Links you might want to keep an eye on:

    antispec (more info about specwork)

    art jobs for the art mobs (via conceptart.org)
    • CommentAuthorArgos
    • CommentTimeJun 4th 2012 edited
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    Voted! I generally don't vote in these types of things for the same reason (it's just how many friends you can pull), but when I have the time or if there aren't too many entries, I'll look at everyone else, too, to give a fair chance. That being said, your entry, Paul, was generally one of my favorites.

    @Ysaka

    A thing to watch out for when submitting to a contest is how broad of a license(s) they (competition holders) ask you to grant them to your artwork. It is reasonable for a company/person holding the contest to cover its arse as much as it can to avoid litigation incase of 'you stole my idea'.

    But what do they offer you in return for your entry? And will the rights to your artwork/prose revert back to you when your work isn't used?


    I actually didn't enter a local home brewing contest once cos I didn't like their broad licensing. I understand they want to cover their ass in case they make a brew that just so happens to tastes like the contest's winner, but it went beyond that for this one. The asked for an exact recipe, and then stated something to the effect of "we reserve to use your recipe, change the name of the brew, and not credit you at all." I'd have been fine with "we reserve the right to make and sell a brew that tastes just like your entry, and not credit you," OR "we reserve the right to use your recipe and not give you royalties," but not a flat out "we can use the exact recipe you gave us and not give you one iota of credit."

    I mean hell, if you're gonna use someone's ale recipe to make a profit, at least give them the decency of listing them as a collaborator.

    edited to add: I've seen spec work happen with job applications, too. My friend is a graphic designer. One of the jobs she was applying for asked all of the applicants (after they had already weeded out some people) to design a new website for them (or a specific page, I don't remember), and part of the deal was "we have the right to use your website design and not hire you." So it was very possible that they would use your design but then hire someone else (or no one at all). I think she ended up not pursuing that job in the end.
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      CommentAuthorAlastair
    • CommentTimeJun 5th 2012
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    the only thing i'm gonna add is the one in the lead looks like ms paint trash....
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    i recently stopped doing contests because i realized how much time i was wasting
    though i have to say they can be great exercises sometimes, but they should not be taken seriously
    all the contests i did enter though, i made sure i retained the rights if i didnt win.

    @paul -i did vote for yours, and i hope you do win
    @alastair -i know some of those really suck!