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October 29th, 2007

a message received

Jonathan Saunders:

On behalf of the Aperture Prize Committee, I would like to thank you for taking the time to submit your work for review and consideration as a prize recipient. Aperture received over 800 entries for consideration, and they exhibited an impressive level of quality and diversity. I regret to inform you, however, that it was not selected as one of the portfolios to be featured on the website. Thank you for giving us the opportunity to view your work and also for subscribing to Aperture magazine. Best of luck with all your future endeavors, artistic or otherwise.

The Aperture Prize Review Committee

none of the people i admire or otherwise deem important to the history of photography acheived what they have through ‘contests’ or ‘hotshots’ or ‘picks’ or ‘top (insert number)+(insert title).’

true story.

from what i can gather, they had the right introduction at the right time by the right person to the right place or person, all done privately through social/professional channels of one kind or another.

also, a true story.

that didn’t stop me from entering this one, two entries this round, one last time, same result.

as i am always perplexed on the who? why? really? of the winners of such things, i figured i had no right to question or bitch unless i had actually submitted, so at least there’s that, of all the poeple i know in photography, no one else seems to try at such things, silly editorial contests sure, but for work that actually bites their brains a little deeper, no one enters or tries, but they all bitch.

to try and fail may give one the right to bitch in my brain, but it doesn’t make it hurt less. as it will when i see who does ‘win’ – that’s a always a fountain of who why really.