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List of Awesome: November 8

This week, the list is all about variety!

We start you off with news about National Geographic’s photo contest, where amateurs and pros alike are eligible to win an awesome prize. Next up, we’ve got a little photography project that’s seriously sweet. Finally, we wrap things up with a controversial article from the New York Times that’ll make you think twice about giving your work away for free.

We want to know what you think about this last piece, so be sure to chime in when you’re done reading!


CONTEST: National Geographic Photo Contest Opens

(image by Ashley Vincent, from www.nationalgeographic.com)

Do you dream of seeing your work in National Geographic? Now’s your chance!

Last Friday, the 2013 National Geographic Photo Contest opened! Whether you’re a professional or amateur photographer, you could win the grand prize of $10,000 plus a trip to National Geographic headquarters in Washington, DC to take part in their January photography seminar. And of course, your image will be on their webpage, for all the world to see. Sweet!

The contest closes at 11:59:00PM on November 30, 2013, so don’t delay! It’ll set you back $15 to submit your photo (a way to weed out non-serious entries, maybe?), but it’s a pretty small price to pay for a shot at an awesome prize.

For more about the contest, including the rules and entry form, head this way.

To check out last year’s winners, click here.


PROJECT: Shots & Thoughts About Sugar

Clark-Sugar
(image by Robert Clark, from www.nationalgeographic.com)

While we were checking out the National Geographic contest information, we stumbled upon this short gallery with images by photographer Robert Clark.

The gallery pairs historical and nutritional facts about sugar with seven bold images of sugary treats, like the candy explosion you see above. It’s the kind of project you could knock off in a weekend. Take a look, then dream up a sweet little project of your own!

Note: The images in the gallery originally accompanied the cover story of the August 2013 issue of National Geographic, Rich Cohen’s “Sugar Love: A Not So Sweet Story“.


FOOD FOR THOUGHT: Tim Kreider Encourages Artists Not to Give Their Work Away

NYTimes

(image from www.nytimes.com)

As a photographer, you’ve likely been asked (or will be asked) to provide your work without pay. Essayist and cartoonist Tim Kreider wants you to say no. 

Late last month, Kreider published a controversial piece in the New York Times, entitled Slaves of the Internet, Unite!, calling for artists – writers, painters, photographers, etc. – to stop giving their work away for free in the name of exposure.

Kreider argues that working without pay sets and reinforces a precedent that exposure is an acceptable substitute for monetary compensation, undermining other artists’ ability to make a living from their work. 

How you respond to those kind of requests is of course up to you, but the piece is worth a read and some thought. If you’re not sure how to politely knock back such requests, make sure you read to the end, where Kreider provides a kindly worded way to say ‘no’.


 

What do you think? Have you been asked to work for ‘exposure’ alone? How did you respond and how do you feel about it, looking back?

 

The List of Awesome is populated with stuff that we personally think you’ll find useful, inspiring, interesting, fun and all sorts of other happy words. We don’t accept requests to advertise or promote paid products, sorry!

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Stephanie Simpson

Hi, I'm Stephanie! I'm a ninja-in-training here at Photography Concentrate. I've just started getting serious about shooting, and am excited to learn more. I'm interested in food and travel photography, cooking and exploring!

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  1. It happens all the time. Hobby had a post along Kreider’s lines not too long ago as well : http://strobist.blogspot.com/2013/10/your-real-estate-agent-would-like-some.html.

    Of equal and potentially greater impact on the broader community is the proliferation of folks doing work for next to nothing.

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