I think Len's point was less about 'should we be doing extensive editing?' and more about whether or not minimally edited photos should compete against photos with advanced editing.
Our exhibits are about showing our work first and foremost; sharing it with the community and promoting our club. It is secondarily a friendly competition to help us recognize what judges consider 'good' photography. It's educational. Some members like the competitive aspect of the exhibits. It spurs them to improve their work. And some members have no particular interest in competition. They like what they've done; they want to share it with others; and that's good enough for them.
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