Real artists don’t compete and juries are for courtrooms.
There’s nothing objective about a work of art. That’s why pitting one piece against another is such folly.
When you hear someone talking about this award or about that contest, you might want to change the subject or keep moving.
The reality is that artists create because they can’t help themselves. It’s all they know. That’s not to say that appreciation or admiration isn’t welcomed.
The real competition that an artist faces comes from within. Steven Pressfield calls this internal struggle “the resistance” and it’s far more difficult to beat than someone who enters an art show in your category.
About the author: I am Stephen Kennedy, an experienced photographer with more than 2500 completed sessions in all 50 US states.