I may be opening a rather large can of worms here , but what the hell, I am going to Silver Conference and will be away for 21days and not able or willing to axcess the computer. Our entrys to Silver competition this year has been sent and they are going to be judged next week. I am hoping we will do well this year . This year Kevin and I did something different and we had a Pre Judging of our submissions to Silver Competition The Peoples Choice Award. We had over 90 prints in our gallery and we invited photographers and friends to judge the work. Each person was allowed three choices and basically they roamed the room and picked their favourite image by indicating its number. No photographer names were on the wall for possible biases. Out of 90 images , at least 40% were digital output to the new Harmon Fiber paper off our Lambda. The results were completely unpredictable and I was quite suprised. 1st, 2nd 3rd 4th and 5th place by vote were digital capture original. then followed by equal voting on analogue and digital. What suprised me was that the room was full of traditional photographers and there was not the immediate reaction of digital vs traditional. Basically the buzz was about the beautiful imagery in the room. I am beginning to think that the debate is dead regarding digital vs analogue. My choices were some of the hand lith prints and one of the digital prints. Other close friends who eyes I respect were also mixed in their choices. I have also found an interesting trend Those who use digital capture are much more critical regarding digital print artifacts than traditional purists. They also seem to gravitate towards the analoque prints and like them. The analoque photographers seem to be more forgiving regarding the same artifacts. The last 65 days I have been printing solid for the competition and also a Elevator portfolio. I have to admit that both methods of output excite me and have changed my opinion on the raging debate forever.