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A bit of a rant. Go figure

April 21st, 2013 1 comment

As is well known I don’t enter painting competitions.  My personal feelings are that they’re horribly biased towards whatever the judges like that day and that I don’t need someone else to tell me if my painting is good or not.

There was a convention this weekend with a painting competition.  There was only ONE ENTRY that did not win some kind of award.  ONE.  Everyone got something.  It may be that whole feel-good of making the painters feel like they were worthy but c’mon.  Every single entry (EXCEPT ONE) was worth an award?  I don’t think so.

I also saw a lot of favoritism since the entries aren’t anonymous.  One that should have been laughed out of the competition got a silver because of who painted it.  Seriously.  Now I have several personal issues with the guy but I can judge painting with the best of them and there’s no way this one should have won anything much less a silver.  Then again, everyone (EXCEPT ONE) got an award.

This is one of the many reasons I don’t compete.  No matter what they say there’s bias, there’s favoritism and it’s completely subjective even though this method of judging is supposed to be objective against a standard.  The same people win the high awards every time and now this particular competition is of the 4H mindset of giving awards for participation.

I’m glad some of my friends won awards but looking at this as a whole I wouldn’t value them nearly as much as if they were more honestly judged.  This competition has been a joke since about the third year they held it and it’s only gotten worse.  At least the local con seems more honest except for the favoritism, the bias and the subjective judging.  Oh wait…

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