It's annoying only when,on some contests the 2 get mixed together.I mean,yeah,photographers use painting techniques(like Rembrandt light for ex) but still painting and photography are NOT the same thing and I hate when people mess them together.I do consider photography a modern form of art but again,I don't think a photographer experiences the same "giving birth" type of feeling when they take a photography.Some photos make us cry some make us laugh but is not the same type of creativity as painting.In my mind it has the ABILITY to become a form of art but mostly, its just pushing buttons & capturing butterflies. One can use technology combined with the ability to change & create or one can point & shoot. One's creative, the other not. Just cuz a photo makes you feel sumthin is not art... To me. But do I try to force my beliefs upon others? Duhhh... Nope. Do I get riled by "point & shooters" acting like their work is equal to mine? You betcha!