The voting is almost over and my conclusions have been drawn. Did entering a photo competition with an entry in the Lomographic style affect my chances of winning?
I previously wrote a blog entry about a competition I enter on an online forum. It’s all for fun and nothing serious and you can read all about it here: http://www.lomography.com/homes/veato/blog/2753-going-against-the-grain.
I had the idea (as I previously entered only digital photos) of entering an analogue photo in the Lomographic style. I used my Diana Mini which meant the resulting photo was lo-fi, NOT pin sharp, had some vignetting, etc which fit the descriptors perfectly.
I wanted to see if the lo-fi image I entered would stand a chance against the digital entries. Of course you could argue if the photo had not been voted for it could be that the voters simply did not like the image I produced – not in fact whether this was analogue or digital. This would be hard to prove but on past entries I’ve always had a fair few votes and come in the top 3 or 4 each time.
The voting is soon to close and looking at the forum most votes have been cast. Over the last few days my photo has been voted for this many times….
Coincidence? Maybe. But today I see that someone has actually now voted for my photo. How strange though that this person owns/uses a Lomography Sprocket Rocket!!
I’ll leave it to others to make their mind up but I genuinely believe the perceived low quality of my photo (even though it matches the theme of the competition) has resulted in it getting few votes. I believe that had the photo been identical but digital it would have faired better. The fact that the only person who voted for my photo is a self-confessed Sprocket Rocket owner for me speaks volumes.