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The POTM Contest Now, and Moving Forward

Published: 26/11/2019
By: Brandon

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!

4 comments on “The POTM Contest Now, and Moving Forward”

  1. Brandon, I am glad that you took the time to address this right away. I can only imagine what Tony, Jordan, Rich, yourself and all the others who just came off (from what I am told) a very successful first every PFRE convention high to have a bucket of poo dumped on you.

    When I read your current post, I honestly thought when I went to see what the fuss was about, it would be gone...the whole post. Well, you made me proud, it is there to stand on its own and you should be credited for letting the dirty laundry, hang out to air. Let me be clear, I do not think there is any intentional dirty laundry, just maybe the appearance.

    I added my two cents, and in the end, think this can be a learning experience.

  2. Brandon,
    Thank you for your response as well as leaving the post up. First I must say the first PFRE conference was great. I look forward to many more to come. I think you are spot on by clarifying the rules and being so transparent it in the process. I look forward 2020 with PFRE.

  3. Brandon, thank you for your response. Brian's photo was outstanding and received the honor that it should have. Tony Colangelo you are an amazing, honest, wonderful human being and I'm sorry that your integrity was put into question. The conference was incredible and I am so excited about this industry and the people in it. There will always be jealousy of the top and for the right people, it will make them strive to be better, for the wrong people, accusations and improper statements.

    Thank you all for the work that you do. I feel blessed to be a part.

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