The number of photographers is steadily increasing, as is the number of competitions, portfolio reviews, workshops, etc. Typically, a photographer has to pay to enter one of those events, often a rather significant amount. But where does all the money go? What is the money being used for? Much to their credit, the people running Photolucida (a 501c3 non-profit) have now addressed this issue in a blog post, concluding that ultimately “each photographer has to assess whether Critical Mass makes sense for them.” Perfect! With this example set, will Photolucida’s post be the beginning of a new trend towards more transparency in the world of competitions and portfolio reviews?