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01/27/2005 12:55:41 PM · #26
Originally posted by jmsetzler:

1. Have you ever entered a juried competition that required a $25 or higher entry fee?

2. Have you ever entered a juried competition that required any entry fee?

3. If you answered NO to either of these, would you consider it in the future?

4. What sort of 'prize' would you expect the winner of a $25 entry competition to get?


1. No
2. No
3. Yes
4. If it were a "charity" fundraiser, say 0%-10% of the entry fees collected. If it were more of a commercial venture, 25%-40% of the take, depending on advertising and administration needs.
01/27/2005 01:17:19 PM · #27
1. no
2. no--well, sorta (see below)
3. yes
4. depends-but I'm rather easy to please

I live in Broome County, NY and every year our Environmental Management Council (EMC) holds a photo competition. There are 5 categories (wildlife, plantlife, natural landscape, cultural landscape, people in action--all related to the environment). You can only enter 3 photos and must specify the category--no fee to enter. The print you enter is minimum 3x5 and not larger than 5x7. There is one winner in each category and usually several (up to 5) honorable mentions. Winners and H.M.'s have their work displayed in a group show at the local public library for 2 months. And there is an open public reception for anyone who enters (no matter their placement) and anyone else who wants to meet and greet.

The catch? If your photo is selected you have to provide a print (at least 8x10 and not larger than 16x20) within a certain time-frame and it must be mounted for hanging.

So what are the prizes? Local framing shops give $50 worth of framing to 1st placers and all winners receive free enlargements from a local photo shop. (Although they have recently allowed digital entries the photo shop does not print from digital.) So, for me, there will be a cost to winning--but at least I'll get a nice frame if I place first.

So why enter? The EMC gets to promote its vision for our county. I get to show off my work locally. And the businesses and the library get to promote their services. Win, win, win!

If you're not sure how many entries (or how much interest) you might receive for your museum show, you might consider going this way for your first year--even with a token entry fee of say $5. The full details of the EMC competition should be online in the next week or so, I'll post the link when it's live.
01/27/2005 01:32:07 PM · #28
Originally posted by jmsetzler:

Greetings...

I am taking a survey from several sources trying to help figure out if it would be worthwhile for my local art museum to sponsor a juried photo competition to help raise funds to support the museum's daily operating expenses. Your responses to these questions would be most appreciated...

1. Have you ever entered a juried competition that required a $25 or higher entry fee?

2. Have you ever entered a juried competition that required any entry fee?

3. If you answered NO to either of these, would you consider it in the future?

4. What sort of 'prize' would you expect the winner of a $25 entry competition to get?

Thanks for your responses :)

John Setzler


1. No
2. Yes
3. Yes
4. Exposure. For a charitable organisation, perhaps display or a donated prize (local framing, printing, whatever the institution can
beg/borrow/steal). For a non-charitable cause, % of the entry fees (i.e., it shouldn't be run at a loss or zero-sum game)
01/27/2005 01:48:58 PM · #29
Thanks for all the feedback so far...

Let me add a few things that I would hope to accomplish:

1. I would like to have entries from more than our local area. I would like to have nation/worldwide entries.

2. I would be suggesting that the competition be broken into 3 levels: children up to 12, 13-18, and then 19 and up. Each level would have prizes to 3rd place and a certificate for honorable mention in each group.

3. The top prize for the 21+ category would be at least $1000 in cash or value.

4. The entry fee would directly benefit the local art museum itself. The museum is not a 'charity' but it is a non-profit organization. I don't know for sure, but the entry fee could possibly be tax deductible.

5. The contest sponsors would be resoponsible for the prize money/merchandise. In my initial ideas, the total amount of prizes given away would be near $4000.

There are local business that already support the art museum and this amount of money is insignificant compared to what they already give. I think I need to make contact with someone who has actually coordinated a competiton like this... anyone know someone who has done this before?

Message edited by author 2005-01-27 13:49:35.
01/27/2005 06:16:06 PM · #30
1. Have you ever entered a juried competition that required a $25 or higher entry fee?

No.

2. Have you ever entered a juried competition that required any entry fee?

Yes. The Dallas Zoo holds and annual photo competition and the last time I submitted an entry the fee was $10.00.


3. If you answered NO to either of these, would you consider it in the future?

Yes.

4. What sort of 'prize' would you expect the winner of a $25 entry competition to get?

I have to agree with Gordon on this question:

Quote:

Exposure.

For a charitable organization, perhaps display or a donated prize (local framing, printing, whatever the institution can beg/borrow/steal). For a non-charitable cause, % of the entry fees (i.e., it shouldn't be run at a loss or zero-sum game)

01/27/2005 07:00:27 PM · #31
1. Have you ever entered a juried competition that required a $25 or higher entry fee?

Not yet. I just got an application to enter a juried show at a gallery in March though. The cost is $30 and I can submit up to three images. They are then judged and they either 'pass or fail'.

2. Have you ever entered a juried competition that required any entry fee?

No, but soon. See above.

3. If you answered NO to either of these, would you consider it in the future?

See above.

4. What sort of 'prize' would you expect the winner of a $25 entry competition to get?

As said, it depends on the number of entries and all. I think $4,000 would be fine for what you are suggesting.

A nationwide show sounds like quite an undertaking...

01/27/2005 07:16:47 PM · #32
1. Have you ever entered a juried competition that required a $25 or higher entry fee?
No

2. Have you ever entered a juried competition that required any entry fee?
No

3. If you answered NO to either of these, would you consider it in the future?
Probably not but you never can tell.

4. What sort of 'prize' would you expect the winner of a $25 entry competition to get?
I really have very little idea, but I am thinking less then $1000 Clearly it would depend a lot on how many entered the competion.
01/27/2005 08:27:20 PM · #33
You could take a look at the one I am a member of and how they ran the last one (more coming up also)
//c4fap.org

Not to mention my entry for the Members exhibition here (shameless plug-ie: if you are in Ft Collins, CO....go look at it actually on a wall).

I think what they may be starting to do also (did this time) is having other works of the artists in "bins" for the public to look through also and buy if they like.

Message edited by author 2005-01-27 20:29:21.
01/27/2005 08:55:13 PM · #34
Our local camera club just held a contest and is planning one in the near future. The cost of doing so could run several hundred dollars. With brochures, advertizement, prices, etc. The rewards here were ribbons and the entery fee was $5.00. The club broke even.
In one with that much entry fee shooters are going want something in return besides a ribbon. Some exhibition space for a decent period of time, something the museum might provide without too much cost since the idea is to raise money. Newspaper placement for the first 5 places something of that nature.
People will enter if they know they might get their stuff shown or printed.
my 2 cents worth..
denito
01/27/2005 08:55:40 PM · #35
Originally posted by dacrazyrn:

You could take a look at the one I am a member of and how they ran the last one (more coming up also)
//c4fap.org


Is there an entry fee for that one?


01/27/2005 09:11:36 PM · #36
The Members Exhibit did not have a fee. The other ones this year are $35 to enter 3 or $20 for Members.
call for entries PDF Here
01/27/2005 09:26:32 PM · #37
Originally posted by dacrazyrn:

The Members Exhibit did not have a fee. The other ones this year are $35 to enter 3 or $20 for Members.
call for entries PDF Here


I was looking at their criteria and there is only one thing that I don't understand...

They only accept entries as 35mm slides or digital images on CD, but they have an exhibit of these images that is almost two months long. The timeline works like this:

1st date: entries due
2nd date: notices of acceptance sent out
3rd date: exhibit starts
4th date: exhibit ends

Is the notification of acceptance a queue for the photographer to send in a print for an exhibit?


01/27/2005 09:45:16 PM · #38
They just started the slides and CD thing for this next one. They required prints on the very first Juried Competition.
You have it right about the notification. They send you an email if accepted and also a list appears on their website, then you have about a month to get it ready and sent to them (I hand deliver). So you don't have to have it matted and framed prior to entering, gives you a bit of time.
01/27/2005 09:59:42 PM · #39
Originally posted by dacrazyrn:

They just started the slides and CD thing for this next one. They required prints on the very first Juried Competition.
You have it right about the notification. They send you an email if accepted and also a list appears on their website, then you have about a month to get it ready and sent to them (I hand deliver). So you don't have to have it matted and framed prior to entering, gives you a bit of time.


I think that's an excellent idea actually... tnx for the info...
01/27/2005 10:52:12 PM · #40
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