Now, this is not sour grapes – I promise you – and if you think I’m out of order, please, don’t be afraid to tell me.
Jayne and I didn’t enter the Fuji Distinctions Awards this year. In fact, the last time was back in 2004 – before they made it a “film-only” competition. We got a merit in the fourth quarter of that year with the father and baby picture shown here.
The standard of entries was very high with a lot of creative work making it through to the finals. Mark Ashworth, Trevor Reed, Dave Wall and Stephen Edwards were the very worthy winners in 2004 and I was delighted and privilaged to be ranked a finalist amongst work of such a high standard.
01/06/08 UPDATE: I notice all winners prior to 2006 appear to have been removed from the Fuji Distinctions web site. I wonder why? Embarrassment perhaps? That being the case, should they not have left these more worthy entries as a benchmark for future contestants? Either that, or abandon the ridiculous “film only” restriction and open up the competition once again to the world’s contemporary creative photographers?
Contrast those shots with the 2007 winners announced today!
Excuse me for asking… but were the judges “on something”? Or have all the creative photographers finally migrated to the digital arena, and hence ineligible to enter?
I’m all for “something different” – just so long as it’s something good. Looking through this year’s finalists, I really do think the time has come for FUJI to stop flogging that dead horse called film and once again open up this formerly prestigious competition to all creative photographers.