Hey, Colorado Mills: I'm a sore loser and I want my $250

I spent a week capturing myself on Macbook-style film for Colorado Mills' "Week of a Woman" photography contest earlier this month. Yesterday, I received a phone call yesterday letting me know that I did not win.

In fact, no one did. 

The contest was cancelled because of a lack of participation, according to mall owner Bitner Goodman's representative, Lauren Horsley.

Wait: So because only a handful of creative people took the time to enter this contest, no one won?  

I haven't entered many contests in my lifetime, as I prefer self-designed competitions that only I can judge -- and only allow me to be declared the winner. But this one, which I decided to enter after visiting the October 1 Wellness Expo that kicked off Celebrate Women month at Colorado Mills, was kind of fun, mostly because it involved me taking pictures of myself. And as I took those pictures, the thought of what I could do if I won one of the prizes -- gift cards ranging from $100 to $250 in value -- had my head spinning. I could finally afford to buy some new Uggs! 

But yesterday's call dashed my hopes, and now all that I have left are these photos -- which will not be displayed at the mall, Horsley informed me, since I didn't make it to the final round. Because there was no final round. And so I will not be at any private reception with Miss Colorado 2011 tonight, either. (For a list of the events that will go on, go to the mall's website.)

So much for celebrating women. Still, couldn't I have at least been awarded some of that cheesecake that Colorado Mills is so sure we women love?

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Bree Davies is a multimedia journalist, artist advocate and community organizer born and raised in Denver. Rooted in the world of Do-It-Yourself arts and music, Davies co-founded Titwrench experimental music festival, is host of the local music and comedy show Sounds on 29th on CPT12 Colorado Public Television and is creator and host of the civic and social issue-focused podcast, Hello? Denver? Are You Still There? Her work is centered on a passionate advocacy for all ages, accessible, inclusive, non-commercial and autonomous DIY art spaces and music venues in Denver.
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