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In Times of Pandemic... Virtual Contest?

Okay, so we’re in an interesting time right now… world wide pandemic, constant health and medical advice to avoid unnecessarily close contact with other people for fear of unknowingly spreading the virus… what’s a bodybuilding contest promoter to do?

Well, aside from canceling and/or rescheduling, one individual I know (I’ve done several of his shows back in the day), has opted to hold a virtual contest. Competitors submit photos (videos?) by a certain date, judges (?) judge the individual entries in their respective categories, and within several days’ time, render verdicts of the class winners.

I’m of a few different minds on this idea, but I figured I’d see what everyone else thought, competitors and non-competitors alike.


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One name, Dennis James. A monster in photo days out of show, never won any Olympia.

If for fun, i’m all for it. If you put money (prize or entry cost) and/or qualification for other shows, nope, nothing like comparing side by side IRL

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Nicks strength an power YouTube channel does a virtual “mr golden age” comp. he gives cash prize away for it and he is the only judge and it’s pretty much based on who looks the most like they belong in the 70s. In any case it’s very possible to pull something like this off.

Good idea - however issues with camera quality and lighting could cloud judgement.

The best contestant could have poor quality hard ware and appear the like the poorest.

Not a “show stopper” - but it needs consideration.

I think he picks a top ten or something and lets fans vote to decide final placings.

You’re correct. I realized that shortly after I posted and didn’t correct my post.