Working up the courage to submit to a creative contest is not easy. Well meaning friends and family will urge you to pay the fees and upload the work. Professors and mentors will circulate emails and flyers to raise awareness of upcoming opportunities. And if you subscribe to our mailing list, once a month, Picter will inform you of some of the world’s most exciting photo contests. So how to overcome performance anxiety and just go for it?
Get another point of view.
The hardest part of submitting your work to a contest is that nagging doubt – is this good enough? – and in the world of photography that doubt is often less about the quality of the images themselves and more about their presentation and the process of narrowing your selection to the final edit.
Any of these worries sound familiar?
- How do I narrow 300 images down to 10 for this submission?
- Is my conceptual text a pithy summation of my intentions or pretentious artistic drivel?
- Did I put these images in the right order?
- Am I leading with the strongest opener?
- Should I submit to this contest at all?
Don’t worry, share.
Picter Contests standardizes the process of applying for photo competitions and awards but it doesn’t relieve the stress of doubting your work. But don’t worry, Picter’s got your back with Workspace.
One of the biggest hurdles in asking people for feedback is the non-standard way of receiving it. Do you really want to send your professor a 100 page PDF? Do you really want your mentor who only communicates by text message to try and download and look at your art on their phone? No. You don’t. But there’s a better way now.
Getting the feedback you need from a person you trust is as easy as uploading your selections to Picter Workspace and inviting collaborators.
If you want your advisor to flag your images approved or rejected and leave a couple notes for you just use the “Share for review” function.
Paste your concept text in the info field for your project or just use the project level comments – whatever works for you:
Before you know it you’ll experience a surge of confidence as your inner circle finally has an easy way to weigh in on your submission without the burden of navigating a giant PDF document.