Seeing as the perks on Phil Rosenberg's Keck Observatory photograph sale got changed in a major way on Saturday, I managed (with some difficulty) to persuade Mike to leave the sale open for an extra 26 hours, until 2 o'clock tomorrow, Tuesday.
You can thank me when you're lying on the beach in Hawaii soaking up the rays.
I'm thinking some of you must not realize what a fabulous opportunity the Hawaiian Vacation Contest is. Don't get me wrong. The sale is going well, but I'd expect people to be totally beating down my doors with orders. It provides you entry to a competition with a major prize—a paid-for condo vacation in Hawaii, plus one of your photographs offered in a print sale here that ought to pay for the whole rest of the trip—and I'm pretty certain that there won't be a lot of entries. It's not like tens of thousands of school kids sending in their cereal box tops. A good print sale on TOP may sell 100 of a particular photograph (give or take a very large give-or-take). Only a small fraction of those purchasers are going to be interested in selling a photograph on TOP. So, I'm thinking a dozen, maybe two dozen entrants?
That's what you're up against. Pretty good odds, I'd say, considering the potential reward vs. the cost of entry. Honestly and truly, if I weren't administering this sale, I'd be buying a print just to get into the competition.
Don't think your work isn't good enough to compete. Most people are lousy judges of how good their photographs are. Mike is a pretty good judge (not infallible, but who is?) of what readers here will buy. More than one TOP print sale has occurred by him reaching out to a photographer and suggesting to them that they should sell their work here, when they never considered it.
That could be you. Besides, the least you're getting for your money is a really, really fine photograph, printed by moi. Not to mention the comforting knowledge and good karma that comes from helping Mike find a new home for the TOP HQ. You can get behind that, can't you?
A wonderful photograph. A vacation condo. A print sale to raise the money to get you to that condo. And karma points!
How can you pass that up?!
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