November 12th, 2009
Photolucida’s Critical Mass is a great concept bringing together photographers with photo buyers and helping foster community. 593 entrants, 200 judges, 175 Finalists whittled down to the Top 50; out of them, six are considered for a book project of which two will win. All of this hoopla is simply to get people’s work seen, and not just by the photo community.
Read about how Photolucida determines the top 50; it’s really about how much quality work the judges see as the difference between the lowest score and the highest one which didn’t make the Top 50 was: .01314411684. Slim margins.
Read the list of the Top 50 here. Google these photographers, check out their work. Warning, you will be surfing for hours, unable to stop.
And while you’re at it, you might want to look at the book award finalists for this year and the books that were published in past years.
I feel fortunate that my photo essay from Kivalina, Alaska, was selected for the Top 50. Reflecting on the trip (part 1), (part 2), it was hard work and an amazing adventure; being selected for the Top 50 certainly is validating.
Many thanks to Photolucida and all the judges for making this happen–each year!
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