If you’ve already pressed the *VOTE* button via **this link** (and checked your email inbox) then thank you. Thank you so much. If you haven’t, then please please consider it?
There’s a competition that I received a notification for in my email last night. It’s already well underway, with some entries having amassed over 500 votes. I won’t let that put me off; with a month still to go, I’d be foolish to.
The concept is simple – reach the top 20 via the ‘popularity contest’ element of the competition, and then wait for the judges to decide from that shortlist. The website states that shortlisted submissions will be judged based on the creativity of the photo and the supporting statement.
This presented my first hurdle: Photos. I hate being in places and having my phone / camera attached to my hand. I really dislike society’s obsession with competing for likes and taking pictures for the sake of social media, for bragging rights, for that feel good factor – especially when fakeness / exaggeration can (so often) creep in… (I know this is daft; it’s embarrassing to admit to, but there’s something that just makes me feel uncomfortable about it)
Anyway, I spent the night sifting through 15 years of memories across three Google Drive accounts and a couple of Dropboxes. I spent a few hours browsing the existing entries – and realised most of my preferred submission ideas weren’t of the best quality and were (equally) as cliche as many of those submitted (posing in front of a pyramid, the Eiffel Tower or the Statue of Lib, jumping out of a plane, posing with a cute animal, sitting inside a volcano or over the ledge of great canyons, volunteering in difficult areas… the list goes on.)
Similarly, the statements I’d prepared for each photo in my own shortlist sounded equally as cliche (‘bucketlist’, ‘once in a lifetime’, ‘personal challenges’ etc…)
I therefore opted for the one entered. It’s more of a statement than a shiny / perfectly choreographed / taken-for-likes kinda photo. It’s a risky card I’ve played, but it’s all about the journey, right?! 🙂
My statement is simple: That we, human beings, really are, and will continue to be absolutely insignificant creatures in the vast backdrop of planet earth, of the solar system and of the universe.
The Antarctic has genuinely been on my radar to visit for a while now, with this very company offering the prize (hence me being on their mailing list) There is no doubt in my mind that it will inspire and amaze and totally wipe the floor with my mind, my soul and my understanding of who i am and, more importantly, who any of us are. I know I’m weird; I look into things in different ways to many others but, I do love to focus on and experience more than just the visual.
Anyway, I digress. Again, thank you for supporting me on this little random adventure – wherever it ends up. If you haven’t already voted, please please do so now? All I need is to reach the top 20. (There are some gems in there too so be sure to vote for some of the others as well – you get as many votes as you wish) CLICK HERE TO VOTE (and check your email to confirm you’re real)
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And thanks for being a person who gives a dam (or is as equally as curious as myself!)