I kind of feel humiliated right now, after bragging all morning about my picture being published here and on my other social channels, but I feel like I have to write about it and at least try to warn other naive people like me.
Thank you to Daniel Kellenberger, who put me off about the scam and saved me from giving them money for books which would have never arrived; I really appreciated it!!! First of all for "saving" me, and sharing the advice of a professional like he is, and secondly because I personally felt a little proud that a professional photographer is actually following me and my experiments on the blog, facebook page and the other channels. Maybe this will be my takeaway from today :) Maybe I'm not so good to be chosen for real in a photo competition, but at least someone with real talent is following and helping me!
Well about the scam (see bit.ly/unXpected), pictures are randomly chosen and I guess more or less every participant get to see at least one of his picture in any of the collection of the "award exposure". Seems like some of the participants get even asked to pay in order to bring the chosen picture to the next stage. I was lucky enough to have to pay anything, at least. After that everyone will receive the same letter as I got, and of course, people will buy the book with their photo published in it! Book that will never arrive at destination, according to the many comments on the internet (yes, I googled it after finding out, I should have done it before, but everyone knows how clumsy and naive I am ^^). They have been doing it for some years now, I wonder how they can still exist in the "transparent-era-of-the-internet"! But I must admit, is very well done! Have you seen their homepage? or the book itself they put together? Where do they find the time and creativeness to do everything so perfectly?
I felt humiliated and naive, thinking that one of my photo were actually that good to get chosen, and I feel even worse about bragging about it for the whole morning. And it feels a little hard to admit it here, but hey, I have to see the bright side! I've found out people are actually following me, I made myself a little advertising today, I got you to see my picture and visit my page and blogs, and I received a lot of likes for the post on Instagram :D