So, I just learned that I didn’t make the cut for yet another competition I entered. Sigh. So annoying. So hard not to get frustrated. But the stats of this show just to go prove my point about how futile these competitions are as a way for an artist to get seen. This competition had only 500 entrants, but each artist had to submit 20 works. They gave the judges one 8-hour day to review them all and make a decision. This means that (if you assume they took a lunch break), they had 7 hours to review 10,000 images, which is 1,428 images per hour, or 23 a minute, or about 3 seconds per image. You have to assume that after the first few thousand images, eyes began to tear up and artwork began to blur together. Again, I don’t blame the judges — they are given an impossible job. It’s just reinforces that contrary to popular opinion, competitions are not a good way to get your work seen. Unless you are lucky enough to have your work seen right after a coffee break.
I think from now on, I’m going to have to be much pickier about shows I enter. They need to have a realistic scale; small and focused enough so that I know my work can actually get given a fair shake. And the results if you win have to be tangible and practical for my career — more than just a line-item on my resume.