Public answers to the “LensCulture and the Commodification of Rape” scandal.
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In reaction to the ongoing ethical concerns summarized in PetaPixel’s article “LensCulture and the Commodification of Rape” - we are deeply concerned with the structure and legitimacy of the LensCulture photo contest offering. Giving LensCulture the benefit of the doubt, we seek public answers to the following questions.
LensCulture is selling a chance for exposure in Media and to be reviewed by Esteemed Judges.
1) What percent of entrants gained exposure (provide stats and links)?
2) What percent of entrants were personally reviewed by the Esteemed Judges?
3) Having subjected the community to unethical advertising, we demand to know the total sum of money taken in the Photo Contest and how it is to be used.
The community at large is deeply concerned by a paradigm that promotes an infinitesimal opportunity of exposure and review, often awarded to a homogeneous, elite group of insiders. All the while eliciting vast sums of money, piggybacking exposure from non-profits and now using ethically abhorrent content for advertisement and promotion.
In answering the questions above, we hope to gain insight into the quality of LensCulture's mission.
This petition is a community effort and we ask photographers to please use their names publicly to add pressure and request transparency.
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