I have never been a fan of Arizona Foothills Magazine Best of The Valley popularity contest disguised as Awards, but today Visionyard Studios Photography took things to a new low. They are actually scamming the Arizona Foothills Magazine Best of The Valley Best Photographer- Weddings category by having a contest that reward the individuals that vote the most with cash. Seriously, if they win this award – Tim Stansell & Visionyard Studios Photography is a scam.
I have no dog in this fight, I’m just pointing out Tim Stansell & Visionyard Photography trying to game the system.
If your work is good, and I’m not saying Visionyard Photography doesn’t produce good work, you’d think you would be confident in winning on your own merits, not by cheating. I can’t believe Arizona Foothills Magazine (a publication I consider credible until today – see note at bottom) hasn’t put a stop to this voting scam.
The funny thing is – I guess this voting scam works. Visionyard Studios Photography has won awards similar awards to Arizona Foothill’s Best of The Valley (or did they pay off voters there also) as it says on their site.
I can see why a company would want to win Arizona Foothills’ Best of The Valley Award for Best Wedding Photographer. It could mean a spike in business with more bookings, more revenue and maybe even a cool little badge on their website, but to go ahead and buy votes seems rather low brow. I’m not sure if this is something I’d want to see out of Best of The Valley Best Photographer- Weddings award recipient or someone I’d hire.
To Tim Stansell, Visionyard Studios Photography and eveyone associated with this charade – I’m blown by this scam tactic, try winning honestly.
[NOTE: This article was brought to the attention of Arizona Foothills Magazine twice. It was posted on their Facebook wall along with some discussion about the Best of The Valley pay for votes problem. Arizona Foothills Magazine deleted all comments and the corresponding link, which leads me to believe that Arizona Foothills Magazine endorses the Visionyard Studios Photography voting scam.]
[Note 2: Visionyard Studios Photography has issued a statement through a Facebook status update and withdrew from the Best of The Valley contest. Please read their comment below or view their Facebook page.]