The International Photographer of the Year (IPOTY) contest is drawing attention for all the wrong reasons after 11 of the 14 judges on the panel assessing this year’s crop of photos claim to have not judged a single image.
Even though the judges didn’t get to review anyone’s work, they apparently assessed winners back in February. Another thing that is strange about this story from PetaPixel is that the other three judges mentioned on the panel cannot be contacted currently.
So what gives?
For one, the International Photographer of the Year contest is what’s called a pay-to-play game, meaning that entrants usually have to pay some kind of fee to have their work judged. This is unlike a purely merit based contest or a free-to-enter contest that doesn’t require a fee for consideration.
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