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PDN contest fees.

Why is the entry fee for the PDN Photo annual so high? They get content and the prize money is put up by their sponcors. The World Press Photo contest is free and there is no limit to the amount photos one can submit. We should contact PDN Project Manager, John Gimenez, jgimenez@pdnonline.com (646) 654-5792 for an answer. I emailed him but got no reply.

by Richard Lui at 2007-12-18 21:03:52 UTC (ed. Mar 12 2008 ) Los Angeles , United States | Bookmark | | Report spam→

Perhaps a link to the PDN Photo entry you’re talking about may help before people “contact PDN Project Manager, John Gimenez”?

by George “Funky’ Brown | 18 Dec 2007 21:12 | LA, United States | | Report spam→
He’s the one giving us the reminder in another post. Sorry my brain is mushy today. You’re correct George.

Here are more contact info.

EDITOR, Holly Stuart Hughes, hhughes@pdnonline.com
Executive Editor, Reuel Golden, rgolden@pdnonline.com
Executive Editor, David Walker, dwalker100@comcast.net
Deputy Editor, Jacqueline Tobin, jtobin@pdnonline.com
Senior Editor, Anthony LaSala, alasala@pdnonline.com
News Editor, Daryl Lang, dlang@pdnonline.com
Photo Editor, Jeanine Fijol, jfijol@pdnonline.com
Technology/New Products Editor, Dan Havlik, danhavlik@gmail.com
Calendar Editor, Liz Jonckheer, pdncalendar@yahoo.com
Creative Director, Darren Ching, dching@pdnonline.com
Art Director, Natalie Thompson, natalie.thompson@pdnonline.com

Associate Publisher, Michael Hatherill, mhatherill@pdnonline.com (646)654-7501
Advertising Sales Director/West, Lauren Jaeger, ljaeger@pdnonline.com (323) 571-8873
Advertising Manager/East, Mark Brown, mkbrown@pdnonline.com (646) 654-5795
Classified/Showcase Sales, Mike Gangel, mike.gangel@nielsen.com (646) 654-5318
Click here for information on placing a classified ad.

Production & Circulation
Production Director, Danny Ryan, dryan@pdnonline.com (646) 654-5752
Circulation Manager, Andrea Szabo, Andrea.Szabo@nielsen.com
List Rental, Julius Single, (845) 731-2731
Subscription Customer Service, click here or call (800) 697-8859.

Editor, Holly Stuart Hughes, hhughes@pdnonline.com
Online Project Manager, Danny Tsui, dtsui@pdnonline.com
News Editor, Daryl Lang, dlang@pdnonline.com (646) 654-5807
PDNPulse/Photo Feed Editor, Laura Nathan, laura.nathan@gmail.com Login Problems/Technical Support, pdn@espcomp.com (800) 697-8859

PhotoServe/Photo Source
Director, Barbara Goldman, bgoldman@pdnonline.com
Editor, Reuel Golden, rgolden@pdnonline.com
Sales/East, Kristie Nilsson, knilsson@pdnonline.com (646) 654-5812
Sales/West, Jeanne Brei, jeannebrei@cox.net (702) 254-3832
Technical Support, Mark Rubenstein, Mark.Rubenstein@nielsen.com (646) 654-5791

PDN Custom Media and Events/PhotoPlus Expo
Editorial Director, Maria Wakem, mwakem@pdnonline.com
Editor, Jill Waterman, jwaterman@pdnonline.com
Project Editor, Cara Brooke Schultz, cshultz@pdnonline.com
Design Director, Natalie Thompson, natalie.thompson@pdnonline.com
Project Manager, John Gimenez, jgimenez@pdnonline.com (646) 654-5792
Marketing Manager,Hanna Doblick, hannah.doblick@pdnonline.com
Assistant Manager,Moneer Masih-Tehani,mmasih-tehrani@pdnonline.com (646) 654-5809

by Richard Lui | 18 Dec 2007 21:12 (ed. Dec 18 2007) | Los Angeles, United States | | Report spam→
Ok, now I found it.

by George “Funky’ Brown | 18 Dec 2007 21:12 | LA, United States | | Report spam→
It has been like that for a long time, possibly because there is a strong commercial side to a lot of the work? Not that I like it..

by [former member] | 18 Dec 2007 21:12 | Warsaw, Poland | | Report spam→
You pay them $45 for rights to your photograph for 12 months, winner or not.

What a temptation…

by George “Funky’ Brown | 18 Dec 2007 21:12 | LA, United States | | Report spam→
Funny thing is I had already written to them about the fee a little earlier this afternoon.

I hope that more of you do likewise.

Unfortunately, I may just have to succumb and pay the fee. I really need the exposure that placing well might afford me. I think I have a strong enough website, finally, to submit.

At least I made my complaint to them.


by Paul Treacy | 18 Dec 2007 21:12 | New York City, United States | | Report spam→
I’ll have to download some lube before I upload my pictures.

by Edward Linsmier | 18 Dec 2007 21:12 | Coconut Creek, Fla., United States | | Report spam→
If enough people agree with this and they make no attempt to give an answer then a boycott is in order.

by Richard Lui | 19 Dec 2007 00:12 | Los Angeles, United States | | Report spam→
And a girlcott. EVERYONEcott! That’ll show ’em! You organize it. My bet is that once you do, NOBODY will be stupid enough to ever pay those fees again.

by Stupid Photographer | 19 Dec 2007 17:12 (ed. Dec 19 2007) | Holy Smokes, Holy See | | Report spam→
Boycott too cavalier; at least write some angry letters.

by Richard Lui | 19 Dec 2007 21:12 | Los Angeles, United States | | Report spam→
Anger never got anyone I know anywhere I want to be. Stupid smiles get me farther.

by Stupid Photographer | 19 Dec 2007 21:12 (ed. Dec 19 2007) | Holy Smokes, Holy See | | Report spam→
You’ll pay an extra $10 per entry after today…

by [former member] | 19 Dec 2007 21:12 | Warsaw, Poland | | Report spam→
It’s definitely not serious a “contest” that takes into consideration the amount of money you have in your pocket as one of the basic elements when “judging” what should be the best photographic work of the year.

These prizes are fancy, but totally meaningless. If you win, ok, good for you, but I don’t give a damn (or my congratulations).

by Anderson Schneider | 20 Dec 2007 11:12 | Brasilia, Brazil | | Report spam→
You know what would really help me? Pointing out meaningful photo contests that do not charge stupid fees.

by Stupid Photographer | 20 Dec 2007 12:12 | Holy Smokes, Holy See | | Report spam→



by [former member] | 20 Dec 2007 16:12 | Warsaw, Poland | | Report spam→
Fabulous, many thanks, never crossed my stupid mind to search for those parameters!!

by Stupid Photographer | 21 Dec 2007 02:12 (ed. Dec 21 2007) | Holy Smokes, Holy See | | Report spam→
Lube downloaded, I just bent over and forked my hard earned dinero…

I guess I got no right to complain, if I paid it…. (one category all I could stupidly afford)

But I feel even stupider than stupid right now.

Im actually surprised there isn’t more flack being shot their way from LS, given that we are being pretty fucking stupid and paying somebody to hopefully, maybe publish our work.

Pretty stupidly ridiculous if you ask me.

Sorry to plagiarize your name Stupid, but I think we all who paid it are being just as stupid as you.

by Brian L Frank | 21 Dec 2007 03:12 | San Francisco, United States | | Report spam→
Just in time: for those interested in getting published at all costs (literally speaking), here goes a hint:


Shots Magazine is CHARGING to RECEIVE portfolios in order to EVALUATE the POSSIBILITY of bringing the images into print.

It seems that Shots Mag will rouse to anger even those guys that see in publishing for free (or for “visibility”) a fair trade.

Or Shots will simply raise the bar. It’s our call…

by Anderson Schneider | 21 Dec 2007 10:12 (ed. Dec 21 2007) | Brasilia, Brazil | | Report spam→
erica :)))

long ago wrote a long screed about these contests (including PDN) so dont wont to bore with my rant again…the whole stupid nomenclature of competitions is stupid and depressing, thought i guess i understand why people go
down with it…and to pay for a contest…

money in the wrong place and heart in the wrong chest….

and Lumiere Brothers earned which prizes? ;)))))


by [former member] | 21 Dec 2007 12:12 | Toronto (for now), Canada | | Report spam→
Prix Lumière?

by Stupid Photographer | 21 Dec 2007 13:12 (ed. Dec 21 2007) | Holy Smokes, Holy See | | Report spam→
Not to mention powerhouse books, which charges $150 for unsolicited manuscripts. At least they give you some feedback for your money.



Dear artists, writers, graphic designers, editors, and book packagers,

Effective November 1, 2007, powerHouse Books has implemented a new plan of action for submissions for publication as we are inundated with proposals at a volume that precludes us from reviewing in a timely manner or offering feedback to the work.

To that end, we are restructuring our policy to create the powerHouse Submissions Programme, to provide more immediate and thorough attention. For a fee of $150 per submission, we will ensure a detailed response to your project within one month of receipt of the completed application, providing a well-crafted and personalized assessment of your work. The review is designed to give you positive direction for your work, as well as insight into the book publishing industry. We believe the more informed you are, the better equipped you will be to ensure your project succeeds in what is a very difficult industry.

We will not accept unsolicited submissions via email or regular mail. Please no not apply to our Submissions Programme unless you have a project completed and ready for review. powerHouse does not offer funding for project ideas.

A word before proceeding: Regarding visuals, we recommend you provide a link to your website, or upload a PDF for digital review. Please do not send attachments in the form of JPGS or TIF files. Remember, presentation counts, and we expect that at this stage of your career, you will create a formal visual presentation either on your website or in a single PDF for digital preview. We do not accept hard copy proposals as we cannot be responsible for their arrival or return.

We are interested only in working with individuals whose dedication and respect to both their work and our time allow us to create what promises to be a rare opportunity to have their work received and reviewed by publishing professionals.

by Jonathan Lipkin | 21 Dec 2007 18:12 | Brooklyn, United States | | Report spam→
A different perspective: High entry fees are a way to force photographers to really consider their entries and edit tight…

by Jonathan Hanson | 22 Dec 2007 05:12 | St. Louis, United States | | Report spam→
Should not one always do that?

by sbramin | 22 Dec 2007 05:12 | Vancouver, Canada | | Report spam→
Obviously, but if it were free or say, $5 an image, people are going to enter a lot more that might not make the cut if the fees were say $25.

by Jonathan Hanson | 22 Dec 2007 05:12 | St. Louis, United States | | Report spam→

When I first got onto flickr I bought a pro account because I thought I would need it but I only keep around two hundred photos on at any one time because more then that is too much for anyone to care about (so is two hundred really but the nature of tagging makes it a little easier to search)

Self moderation is an important skill for a photographer that will need to put portfolios together et cetera.

They should just tell you “five photos only”, putting a price on additional photos is like playing the lottery.

What is it, an exhibition of excellence in photography, or yet another lotto scam?

by sbramin | 22 Dec 2007 05:12 (ed. Dec 22 2007) | Vancouver, Canada | | Report spam→

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