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Photo Contest WARNING!

June 12, 2013 Legal, Photography Events 6 Comments

Written by: Charlie Borland

If you are considering entering the New Exposure Photography Contest promoted by Vogue Magazine and Bottega Veneta, you may wish to read into the rules a bit before making that decision. The American Society of Media Photographers (ASMP), North American Nature Photographers (NANPA), National Press Photographers Association (NPPA), are concerned about the terms and conditions of this contest.

Carol Wright over at PhotoAttorney.com writes in reference to the terms and conditions, which appear when read, that the contest organizers can use the photos submitted by entrants any way they wish including selling them.

As Carol writes: “This contest, which is targeted at students and emerging photographers, appears to be an effort to secure thousands of free images for unlimited use in publications and in advertising.”

And if you read this from section 7 of the rules you would probably agree:

(a) All entry materials become the property of the Sponsor ……… into this Promotion constitutes entrant’s irrevocable and perpetual permission and consent, without further compensation, with or without attribution, to use, reproduce, print, publish, transmit, distribute, sell, perform, adapt, enhance, or display such Submission, and the entrant’s name and/or likeness, for any purpose, including but not limited to editorial, advertising, trade, commercial, and publicity purposes by the Sponsor and/or others authorized by the Sponsor,…….’

Not good for photographers whether you are trying to make a living with your photos or not.



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Currently there are "6 comments" on this Article:

  1. Jim Bullard says:

    Thanks for th alert Charlie. I wasn’t planning no entering but we need to be alerting each other when we spot these things. I thought the trend to “rights grabbing” contests was waning. I guess I was wrong. We need o continue vigilance when entering any kind of competition.

  2. We passed this info on to all the photography students at Brooks and recommended they not enter. I and other faculty at Brooks Institute have been successful in the past at getting organizations to change their terms and conditions. It seems like most of these are written by corporate lawyers using standard language to get as many rights as possible. Photo competitions have become a major income producing and cost saving measure for many publications.

  3. Jeff Colburn says:

    I’ve written several blog posts warning photographers about contests, because so many of them are nothing but rights grabs. Always read all of the rules, and understand what you are reading.

    Have Fun,

  4. Conrad Rowe says:

    I have found that mostly all photo contests want the rights to use your photos without any compensation. I hardly every enter photo contests for that reason.

  5. admin says:

    Ralph, Wesley, Conrad, and Jeff-

    Thanks for sharing your thoughts!


  6. Lee Mandrell says:

    I have also found the hard way that most photo contests aren’t worth entering. Seems the contests sponsored by hotels and resorts feel the same as the Vogue folks… :/

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