Monday, April 14, 2008

APE Self Promotion Winners Slideshow Up and Running

Okay... Rob Haggert at the "A Photo Editor" blog has finally gotten the slideshow of the Free Self-Promotion to work. You can see a full page version of the slideshow here. Over 1300 photographers submitted work to the promotion, only 297 made the cut. APE has further cut the slideshow to only one selected work per selected photographer. You can click on each photograph in the slideshow to get the photographer's name and website link.

Now it will be interesting to see if art buyers make use of this resource to find new talent and if any of the winners can eventually claim new assignments as a result of their participation. Even though I didn't make the final cut, I can claim that merely by participating and sending images to the competition, my website traffic is up by over 100% from previous averages.

There's some really inspiring work here and it is worthwhile to sit thru the entire show. It is also an interesting experiment in new ways of connecting talent & art buyers beyond the traditional uses of source books, direct mail promos, etc. Rob claims there will be more of these types of promos at his site in the future... and that he will be bringing in additional judges to make the final selects. Having seen what work was selected, I think I have a better idea of what sort of images to submit for future contests.

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