Contests and Judging in the Arts
Contests in creative fields are oxymorons. Attempting to objectively score a subjective artistic medium is futile. Crowd sourcing scoring merely accelerates a march to the lowest common denominator.
- Books written about how to win photographic contests describe how to include mass appeal pizzazz rather than how to make better photographs.
- Consider a "contest" judging the composers Tchaikovsky, Debussy, Schoenberg, and Stravinsky. Would the selection be one of the three composers who revolutionized twentieth century music or the composer of the composition with cannons and church bells? Such a contest is not meaningful.
Jeffrey Sward, December 2017