Be Careful With Contests

While doing the annual purging of the tryptophan ritual ysterday I came across Photojojo, which listed 12 contests on their website.  As usual, appropriate disclaimers were given as you may or may not surrender your copyrights to images even for entering the various contests.  I took a look through them, and one of them struck me by surprise:  National Geographic.  Here is the copyright condition for participating:

“By entering the Contest, all entrants grant to Authorized Parties (National Geographic Society and its licensees) a royalty-free, worldwide, irrevocable perpetual, nonexclusive license to reproduce, distribute, display, and create derivative works of the entries (along with a name credit) in whole or in part, without further review or participation from the entrant, in any medium now existing or subsequently developed, in editorial, commercial, promotional and trade uses in connection with NGS Products”

Surprise surprise…these types of restrictions and conditions for entering what otherwise appears to be free contests are commonly referred to by those who take care to reading the rules as “Rights Grabs”.  Basically, a magazine or other entity is looking to get a large collection of images for free, and by promoting the possible payout of prizes, many unwittingly enter, win nothing, and yet by entering surrendur their images for use by the magazine or other entity.  Moral of the story:  Be Careful With Contests

While the concept is not new to me, the fact that what would normally be considered an admirable publication like National Geographic would approach things in such a manner is rather unsettling.  To Photojojo’s credit, there were several that seemed to be worth considering, so for those of you with nothing to do after the turkey and football, feel free to head over to Photojojo and peruse the offerings.  From my perspective here’s the scuttlebutt on the rest of the contests they are showcasing over at Photojojo:

  • PDN Student Contest – Entry Fees, and must be an enrolled student
  • Center for Fine Art – Entry fees, no info on copyright prior to submission
  • M.I.L.K – No entry fee, all copyrights retained by Photographer!  Good one!
  • Sony World Photography Awards – No entry fee, photographer retains all copyrights – another good one!
  • Communication Arts Awards – Entry fees, no prizes (only recognition)…did not search for copyright info
  • JPG Magazine – No entry fees, cash prizes, photographer retains copyright – Another good one!
  • Million Places – Several contests, some are free, others require purchasing “credits”.  Seems photographer retains copyrights, and singular publication in a book is done per Rules and Guidelines.
  • Photoburst – Free, photographer appears to retain copyright – another good one ($100 B&H gift card)

Terms and conditions, rules and restrictions may change and/or vary, so always double-check before entering.  Happy shooting, have a great rest of the weekend and we’ll see you back here on Monday!  Leaving on a high note, enjoy the weekly editions of What the Duck, by clicking the link below which goes to my favorite:

Happy Thanksgiving!!!

Football, Turkey, tryptophan…lots of great stuff going on today.  Enjoy the time with families, and we’ll see you back here tomorrow (maybe).  That’s it for today, so this can be considered a “No Blog Thursday”…

What’s This – Week 19

What's This - Week 20

We took a week off last week from the mystical photo posting of “What’s This?”, but I am happy to say it’s back again today.  Here’s a slow pitch one for everyone as we stop thinking about photography and start thinking about Thanksgiving.  WHat’s the image above?  The winner, as always wins thousands of dollars in cash and prizes, a lifetime membership in all photo associations, a new car, their own private island, and of course, bragging rights here on CB.

Yeah, okay, pretty much nothing but the last one can be taken seriously.  Anyway, in light of the upcoming holiday, I would like to say thanks to all who have supported the blog and who have shared their thoughtful comments and feedback, as well as all those who have participated.  Tomorrow will be a “No Blog” day, but I’ll be back on Friday to wrap up the week.  Happy Thanksgiving to all the US readers, and to those outside the US, have a great Thursday.  Happy shoot, and as always, I hope all your shots are good ones!