Paying to enter a contest?

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  1. RMThompson

    RMThompson the TPF moderators rock my world!

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    Has anyone ever actually spent MONEY to enter a photography contest?

    In the writing world, where I pull most of my experience, we're taught never ever ever to pay to enter a contest.

    Are the rules really the same here, or are there possibly some legitimate contests with entry fees? How much is too much? I dont want to ever pay enter, but what about the rest of you?

    To me, at least in writing, I'd only pay if the following conditions are met:

    1. The contest wasn't being paid for by the entries, Ive seen a lot of writing contests that are $30 dollars to enter, winner takes 80% of the money taken in. That's not a a contest... it's a LOTTERY.
    2. The contest, or the people behind it, are a large enough originziation to bring more attention to my work.
     
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    The only thing I ever had to pay for was a book that my photo was published in after winning a contest. They never cashed the check though! :)

    I personally wouldn't pay to enter a contest, unless the prizes were just insane. Like a 2 year contract with National Geographic or something! :mrgreen:
     
  3. Orrin

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    Some organizations use a pay-to-enter photo contest as a
    money raising tool. It should be specified in the contest rules
    where the money is going!
     
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    I'd be happy to, just as soon as my $10 P.H.D. gets here in the mail. :lmao::lmao:
     
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    You too? Wow, I thought I had that market cornered. And did you get the buck - two ninty-eight ministry too?
     
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    Mike_E No longer a newbie, moving up!

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    Neh! There's no such thing as an out of work preacher. :lol::lol::lol:
     
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    I do know that most art shows you have to pay to enter. There have been quite a few where I got to school in Rochester and the vast majority I would say you have to pay to submit your work.
     
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    I would assume this is primarily to give weight to quality vs quantity.

    And I'd (that is if I'm submitting) only go with reputable names (PDN, NG etc).
     
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    I usually enter some photos in the county fair only because if I enter something and pay the membership fee I get in free all week. So it more than makes up for itself.

    But other than that I wouldn't pay to enter any contest I don't think.
     
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    I think it sucks that they charge, but right now-that's how it's done.
     
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    Most photo/art contests have an entry fee, usually per submission. It's to help pay for the organization of the contest, and to pay the judges for their participation.
     
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    I pay to enter one contest (I'm not big on contests myself, at least semi-serious ones), but it's put on by a Pug dog rescue group and the money goes to support the cause.
     

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