If you voted for me in the (now closed) competiton, then thank you. Thank you so much.
There was a competition that I received a notification for in my email. It was already well underway, with some entries having amassed over 500 votes. I didn’t let that put me off though; with nearly a month still to go, I figured there’d still be a chance.
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 stated that shortlisted submissions would 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 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 but there’s something that just makes me feel uncomfortable about it) Far too many times, I’ve seen people rock up to somewhere incredibly beautiful, pose for a photo in front of it, and then walk away – without even acknowledging its beauty nor spending time truly reflecting on it. Eee it pisses me off.
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 an animal, sitting inside a volcano or over the ledge of great canyons… 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 nature of the photo submitted, given the magnitude of the wall behind me and Dan, and the oversized bricks used by the Japanese when they built the fort, reinforces the statement.
The Antarctic has genuinely been on my radar to visit for several years – with this very company offering the prize (hence me being on their mailing list) There’s no doubt in my mind that it will inspire and amaze me, 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 differently than others; tending to focus on and experience more than just the visual)
I digress. Again, thank you for supporting us on the little random adventure. All I needed was to reach the top 20.
**Or so I thought. It was announced that the winning entry was that which reached the number one position afterall.**
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