I don't normally do this, but I felt compelled to offer my thoughts on a thread that was attached to my post announcing the winner of the November Photographer of the Month contest. First, my congratulations to Brian Berkowitz for a terrific photo that was a runaway winner in the contest, with five out of ten jurors giving it first-place votes.
Second, the thread that came with the winner’s post brought up an unfortunate theme that essentially accused both Brian and his coach, Tony Colangelo, of impropriety. I know both these guys and I can tell you that nothing of the sort happened. I think that what the thread is showing me is that there is a lot of confusion about the contest rules--both in how they’re worded and/or how they get implemented. I will take my share of responsibility for some of it. The contest is, and has always been, a top priority for me but unfortunately one that fell behind a couple of other priorities since taking over PFRE--namely, my taking the time to acclimate to leading PFRE and then organizing, planning, and delivering the recently concluded, first annual PFRE Conference in Las Vegas.
I’m writing this post to let you all know that over the next few weeks until year-end, I will be spending a bunch of time re-jigging the contest and clarifying the rules, and then bouncing things off of you all, prior to re-launching the contest in 2020. So, please stay tuned!