/ranting A friend convinced me to enter this photo into a semi-local small town photography competition. It was entered in the experimental photography category. A kind of camera meets photoshop bonanza thing. I unfortunately was sick so she took her camera and relayed comments and things back to me afterwards. Apparently the judge made a big fuss about how qualified he is to judge other people work and how long he's been doing this blah blah blah. Anyway the winner was a photo of a possum, solarized (hardly experimental), and the best part yet the runner up didn't even have a photo. It was two rainbow gradients running down the frame on a brown background with a twirl filter applied in photoshop. If the judge is so qualified then how come the runner up's entry DIDN'T EVEN HAVE A PHOTOGRAPHY ELEMENT IN IT. No picture at all! Just that crap swirly gradient thing that I would sooner burn than hang on my wall. Now I'm not angry about not winning, I don't think mine was the best there from the photos I've seen, but there were some digital artworks which were truly robbed by the trash which came first and second, and could have been pulled out of the "Idiots guide to Photoshop for those too old to turn on their computer" /end rant I reckon there should be a large international event where all the photographers can go and judge the judges who have been making bs calls blinded by their heads up their own asses.