So I'm invited to the final stage (i.e. a finalist) for the Photolucida Critical Mass Competition. Deciding on whether to pay each of 200 distinguished jurors $1 each to view my cinemascapes is another story. I suppose if it was one year ago I would jump at the opportunity, but with a few nominations for prestigious events this year already under my lenscap and a NYC gallery signing this year, I'm not sure it's worth it. I'd feel sleazy for one and also after looking at that list, I practically know half the jurors and they already know me.
On the other hand I love to gamble. We live 40 miles from a Casino that the wife and I have been countless times, with and without success. So if there are 175 finalist and 3 are awarded book deals, that's a 1/58.33 chance on winning a possibly lucrative prize? right?
I have until Monday to decide or I'm gone from the finalist pool.
EDIT: I do believe I will roll the dice. Justifying that for $1 per juror it might expose my work to new eyes. I do however see the winners following suit with the previous winners of the last 4 years. Chernobyl, The last Iceberg, The life in Miners, and so on. My work is slightly different from the documentary/social/journalistic trend of winners in this competition.