Photography Contests: `Tis the Season

By Jim Colton

Once again we are upon the photography contest season.  And every year I hear photographers ask “Do photo contests matter?” In the opinion of this photo editor, they do! But just don’t take my word for it; here are what some prominent industry professionals think about the value of contests and what you can do to assure your entries are seen in the best light.

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