As you may or may not know, I'm currently running a design contest from my website. Sunday was the launch date and the contest has already started generating some buzz. It seems like so far there are some people who are excited about it (I know I am), however today I learned about one reason some people might not be so excited about it.
Here's What I Found Out
Today I learned that, at least in the design world, some people view these contests as being exploitative - and I'm sure maybe some or most are (to be honest I don't know a whole lot about the topic, I'm still learning!). Some claims are that the contests encourage working for free, exploiting the talents of artists, and even keeping the copyrights of all artwork submitted - even those that are not winners. Someone (very politely) referred me to this article on the topic.
Now, I had my doubts about the Zombie Contest - it being my first contest and all, I wasn't sure if it would take off. But it never occurred to me that someone might consider it exploitative. I've competed in several music contests, from film festivals, to film scoring contests, to the Hans Zimmer's Wants You contest. I do these contests because they're fun and challenging and hey, maybe I'll win. But I don't consider these contests to be exploitative or free work or scams or anything like that. I just see them as a fun challenge with the possibility of a cool prize. It's like buying a scratch off, but with weeks of hard work.
So I completely understand why some people feel this way about contests, and I absolutely disagree with exploiting artists, especially when it includes taking the copyrights to the art that didn't win (mine does not do that). My hopes for the Zombie Album Art Contest are only that it will be a fun challenge, a way to show off your design skills, and someone will get a cool little prize. But most importantly, just have fun with it.
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