at one time I thought that I might have 
gotten involved in the various "stamp"  programs, 
loosely modeled after the federal duck stamp 
program,  including waterfowl and fish , 
primarily.   As time goes by the rules of involvement
seem  to have become a exploitation of the 
artists on many levels,  and the attractiveness 
of "winning" these things has lost its lure for 
me.  More and more the seemed to have become 
carefully orchestrated to take advantage of the artist who is left with
whatever renown might be gained from the venture.

At this point it is probably doubtful that I will ever enter one again.


At 09:18 PM 6/9/2015, you wrote:
>Hi everyone,
>Today, a well-meaning person on Twitter kindly 
>alerted me to this t-shirt design contest, 
>suggesting that I might like to submit an entry: 
>There are several guidelines and the 
>organization holding the contest reserves the 
>right to alter the winning design. The person 
>who takes the trouble to follow all of these 
>rules and submits the winning entry is 
>compensated with.....(drum roll).... a free 
>t-shirt. Of course, all the other people who put 
>in the time and effort to submit an entry get nothing.
>This type of contest, I believe, exploits and 
>devalues artists. I don't mean to single it out; 
>there are NUMEROUS similar exploitative contests 
>out there, large and small, and for quite some 
>time now I've been meaning to post a message to 
>this Listserv about the issue. For the most 
>part, I don't think the organizers of the 
>contests realize that they aren't being fair to artists.
>First, I'm wondering if anyone knows of an 
>artist/illustrator/designer organization that 
>has taken the trouble to come up with a list of 
>guidelines for organizations who want to solicit 
>illustrations/designs  without exploiting 
>creators. I keep wishing I knew of a 
>authoritative site to which I could direct 
>contest organizers when I come across contests like the one I mentioned above.
>Second, especially if no such site already 
>exists, I'm wondering if it would be appropriate 
>for the GNSI to come up with a list of 
>guidelines and suggestions for organizations to 
>follow if they would like to treat creators 
>fairly. These guidelines could be posted at the 
>website so we could all direct people's 
>attention to them when the need arises. I'd be 
>happy to contribute my thoughts, and I'm sure 
>many of you have ideas on this subject. I have 
>no idea how difficult this might be!
>To be clear, I'm not criticizing artists who 
>enter these types of contests; we all do what we 
>need to do. But I'll bet everyone who has put in 
>the time to submit a contest entry and lost or 
>won little more than "exposure" wishes that 
>things might've been done differently.
>Your thoughts?
>Emily S. Damstra
>natural science illustration
>Guelph, Ontario
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