However, there is a more straight forward rationale for this sseemingly bizzare behavior. It seems, from my experience with juried exhibitions and my observations of pictures selected, that no matter theme of an exhibition photo-effects are de rigueur. So, amongst my submissions for an exhibition, Honoring Trees, there will be, in addition to my straight pictures of trees, a few "instragram filter"-like pictures. Just to test the waters, don'tcha know.
I must admit that part of my "experiment" is to see if one of instagramish pictures is accepted into the exhibition so that I can say/write, "Ha. there, I did it".