My sister sent me a link to a Facebook sponsored photo contest. I checked it out and saw there was a $1,000 first prize. The first thing this site wanted was my email address. I quickly left the site.
First, I dislike anything to do with Facebook. They have a woefully dismal reputation for selling or outright stealing your personal information. I am NOT a Facebook member nor will I ever be. The only photo contests I contribute to are locally run by reputable organizations such as the Blackstone Valley Historical Society. They are a nonprofit government society promoting the historical significance of our small New England area. I trusted them with an entry photograph recently.
You all have seen thousands of my photographs posted on this blog site. I am proud of my life’s work and feel these photos would stand up to anyone’s in a fair contest. Unfortunately there are few such contests around where they even judge the photos on their own merit. I generally don’t participate in 95% of them. I look for little ones where the grand prize is getting your winning photo on an quarterly issue of some association’s magazine handout to farmer’s markets. Now they’re not out to fleece you.