Obviously when applying for different competitions and open calls there is going to be some negative outcomes, but they do not all have to be seen to be negative. Although I didn't make it through in either of these I was still able to receive positive feedback and use this to help me continue to make work. Receiving an email with the words "unfortunately" in it can be quite disheartening, and I can't say that I haven't let it effect me in the few days after receiving them but when looking back on these emails I have been able to take what they have said about the work that I submitted and use it push me into making better and more concise images. Even though I haven't yet been accepted for anything I have applied for I do not feel discouraged from submitting my work and putting it out there, as even with the negative outcomes I am still receiving constructive criticism about my work. 
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