Hey folks. I've recently become aware of a situation regarding online art contests, and their unfortunate popularity. The general procedure "includes a solicitation of original design concepts, characters and content to be produced on a speculative basis by cartoonists, artists, motion designers, and animators."
The specific contest in question is being hosted by Sesame Street. All quotes in this post are taken from, and additional information can be found, here:
Motionographer and Cartoon Brew are accepting signatures to combat such practices. Please take a moment to review the situation and perhaps add your signature.
I adamantly agree with the thoughts expressed. If you would have asked me a year ago while I was still in school, I may not have been so enthusiastically against this. While you are in the school bubble, and hungry to build up your work, contests like these seem like a great opportunity. I participated in a number of them. Recently even. But once you graduate and are faced with the daunting task of supporting yourself with your art, your viewpoints on such matters begin to change. If you float around the web, you will notice A LOT of similar art contests popping up. I'm not saying the intentions of the contests are always malicious, but the people running these sort of things need to be questioned. Yet again, another situation where an artist's value is being undercut.
I tried to summarize the situation here, but follow the links for a nicely articulated explanation.