I think one can learn a lot in submitting pieces in contests. One can learn things about oneself: "why am I participating? what do I want - recognition or fame? Is what I'am doing art or craft"? (yes, I know....).
I myself am participating in 2-3 contests a year, mostly in Europe. But what I learned a few months ago from a juror is that you have zero chance to be not even contemplated if you don't have a "language". In my eyes having a language means doing the same idea over and over and over.
I have too much fantasy and I want experiment with too many techniques to have a language. So in future I will save the money for those contests. In addition, what I noticed here in Europe is that the country that's organizing the contest has the most winners and finalists..... And: if you know the jurors, that helps too (a friend is helping another friend along). Since I don't know jurors, and if, don't want to win only because I know x or z, I think hard in future before applying. I think it's very sad that what's important regarding contests is to know the right people, or having won one or the other really crucial contest like Taiwan or Mino (again with a little help from friends). If I would be a juror, important for me would be the piece itself, the idea behind it, the technique, the work and time invested etc. and NOT the right connections in life.
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