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[Cancelled] Announcing Our New Logo Design Contest

by Joe McDonald on October 21, 2014

We have decided to pull the plug on our logo design contest. Thank you to everyone that contributed a design concept so far. After reviewing feedback we received from the online design community, we felt it was better to discontinue and cancel the contest. We consulted several designers as well as the AIGA to arrive at this decision.

The general consensus from the design community is that contests cheapen and hurt the industry as a whole and accepting work for free in the hopes of being compensated later is wrong. When we first launched our logo design campaign, we truly were just trying to have a fun contest that would bring in a wide and diverse group of talented designers to create a fresh and new logo for us. It was not intended to be a “branding relaunch” as we incorrectly stated. We thought that using a popular service like 99designs.com was credible and acceptable and would allow entry level designers to compete for a chance to earn $300. I feel contests are appropriate for some circumstances, but probably not for a logo. As with all art forms, graphic design is a professional and skilled trade that people who dedicate themselves to should be compensated for.

As an art organization ourselves that is part of the wider design community, we respect the views of everyone and we value input, even if our feathers get a little ruffled along the way [sorry @HelloMelendez :) ] We felt the spirit of our contest was pure and at no point did we intend or even consider that our contest would offend members of the community. For the record, SeattleArtists.com has graphic designers on staff and is a division of a larger creative web agency. We get it.

So, that being said, our logo design contest is official dead. We will review our future plans and consider alternatives for getting new designs in the future and may hold a call for portfolio submissions from which we can hire a talented designer for us.

Again, we thank everyone who gave us feedback and helped to guide us in making this decision.

Cheers!
Joe McDonald
Founder

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LONG SHOT Marathon & Exhibition at Photo Center NW

by Joe McDonald on April 20, 2011

Photo Center NW Long Shot marathon

LONG SHOT is a 24 hour photo marathon that celebrates photography, creativity, and our greater community, while raising funds for education and outreach programs at Photo Center NW. The event is open to everyone, using any camera, anywhere. At lease one image from each participant will be featured in the LONG SHOT exhibition at Photo Center NW on July 23,2011.

Sign up for LONG SHOT and follow our lead to the marathon on June 17-18! We have over 100 people already signed on to participate, but we want to know how YOU will spend 24 hours with your camera. Will you be up all night? Take a few pictures and hit the hay? Are you up for some late night diner meals or watching the sun rise (from wherever you may be on June 18)? How about a road trip? Find out more about LONG SHOT here and learn how your participation contributes to Photo Center NW, a non-profit art center that serves YOU

All participants will have a chance to show their best work in the Photo Center gallery during the LONG SHOT exhibition and celebration on July 23. Round up some friends and sign up for a photographic adventure culminating in an epic party in celebration of photography and creativity!

Here’s how it works:

1) Sign Up
2) Seek Pledges & Support
3) Shoot During the 24 hour Marathon June 17-18, and then
4) Submit Your Best Work!

Sign up

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Long Shot 24 Hour Community Photo Marathon

by Joe McDonald on March 9, 2010

long-shot photo marathon by Photo Center Northwest

WHAT: This spring, Photo Center NW invites you to take part in the Second Annual Long Shot, a 24-hour community-wide photo marathon on Mayday (6pm Friday, April 30-6pm Saturday, May 1 to be precise!) where individuals and teams hit the streets to photograph a theme, cause, community, or non-profit of their choice.  Open to ALL levels and anyone who wants to participate.

Long Shot participants will dedicate one full 24-hour period, or a part of it, to exploring the city of Seattle (or their current location) and documenting their journey during that 24-hour period. You can shoot on your own, join a team, or keep in touch with other participating photographers at meet-up points throughout the 24 hours.

WHY: The basic premise of Long Shot is to celebrate photography and community and to seek pledges for your participation in the event.  Long Shot is a way to support making connections for you, build community, raise awareness for a cause (if you choose), express your inner artist, and to raise money for the Photo Center to continue to offer educational and outreach programs.

HOW: Register and then seek out family, friends, coworkers, and anyone else to pledge any amount that they can for your participation in the Long Shot event.

Long Shot event raises funds for the Photo Center NW in two ways: through pledges and sponsorships during the Long Shot shoot and through the Long Shot Exhibition where photographs from the Long Shot shoot will be up for sale!

You can ask for an hourly pledge (i.e. $1.00 for every hour you shoot) or you can ask for a flat rate (i.e. $24.00 no matter how many hours you participate). Then, invite everyone you know to the Longshot Exhibition to purchase photographs from the shoot! All proceeds benefit Photo Center NW.

Whether you shoot alone, or as part of a group, just a few dollars per hour can help us bring new tools to the Photo Center, keep our doors open to artists and students 7 days a week, and put on faculty, student, and alumni exhibitions.

Participants can begin the event with a team from here on Capitol Hill in Seattle, or start shooting from wherever they might be in the world. No matter where you start, at the end of the day you’ll have contributed images and energy to an important center for photographic art, education, and community.

Long Shot will culminate with the Long Shot Exhibition and Celebration on Friday, June 4.  All participants will be asked to submit a framed print which will be displayed at the Photo Center and sold as a fundraiser “ISO” (in support of) the Photo Center!

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