Why are we publishing these comments?
We are publishing them not because we enjoy handing down judgment, but because we wish to offer insight into how the winners are chosen. Too often, the methodology of photography competitions is opaque at best and nepotistic at worst. We’d simply like to be honest.
By publishing our judges’ commentary and exposing their opinions for public debate, we hope that, instead of reifying our judges’ power, we actually are undermining it. We hope that their comments are not a final say but instead serve as an interesting conversation starter.
We hope you’ll keep all of this in perspective, realizing that “What is good art?” is an impossibly subjective question. Canteen couldn’t be happier that so many people spend so much time making art. The world is a far better and more interesting place for your efforts.
And please, let’s respect the boldness of our judges for their willingness to make all of this public!