Here’s an issue I’m struggling with and I’m looking for your feedback. Yes, you. Reading these words right now. No, don’t pretend you’re not and look away. I know you’re reading this. Don’t try and deny it.
Chances are, if you’re reading this, you’re most likely a potential client. (Or else my mom. Hi Mom!) Or at least, someone with an appreciation for fine photography, and are probably better suited to answer this question than I: do awards matter?
Does it matter to you, potential bride out of Grande Prairie, if your photographer has a stack (or even one) award to his credit? Does that make them into a better photographer in your mind? How about you, soon-to-be Graduate from Fort St. John, looking for a creative way to remember your Grade 12 year? Would having a photographer with a stack of awards make you think any more highly of them? Or do you have other criteria that you use to judge their work (like, say your eyes).
Okay, that last comment probably shows where my feelings on the matter lie. I don’t really care much about contests and awards and looking for acclaim from a panel of judges, which is why I am not an award winning anything (well, not since high school when I got that silver medal in shot put…). But recently, I’ve been wondering if having an award or two to my name might not be such a bad thing.
It is a nice shorthand for “Quality”. “Award Winning Photographer” just has that ring to it. Of course, with so many photo contests out there, many of them the kind that if you send money, they’ll give you an award, the whole process of becoming an award-winning photographer seems to be cheapened. (Of course, I feel compelled to mention at this point that Google thinks I’m the greatest living photographer, and who am I to argue with Google?)
But that’s how I feel. How about you? Leave a comment, or send an email and tell me your thoughts. Thanks.