Photo Contests…. maybe not so good??

>Think VERY carefully about entering magazine contests that offer you the world! It concerns me just a little bit about the many photography magazines that run photo contests with cool prizes just for uploading pictures you have taken, with a great chance of winning really cool stuff.

Professional photographers blogs that I have read recently have talked about magazines doing this and receiving images from photographers (Amateurs and Pro’s alike)and then using them in an irrevocable, royalty-free, non-exclusive, worldwide perpetual license without compensation to the Photographer.

I would have given away my soul at one point to get my images in these “premium magazines”, but not any longer…

It does appear that some will acknowledge you as the Photographer, but then they have the right to use YOUR images as they see fit…Forever, without any further compensation for all the hard work it may have taken to take the picture in the first place…

I don’t want to name names, or mention the blogs I have read, so Google is your friend here. I only want to let people be aware of what “I” consider a real problem with contests. I am NOT a lawyer, so do your own homework first before entering ANY contests… most of them will have a “Legal” section that you must abide by…

This is a snippet of one such contest’s rules:
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USE OF ENTRY: By submitting an entry, entrant grants Sponsor and its designees an irrevocable, royalty-free, non-exclusive, worldwide perpetual license to use the entry and his/her name, city and state of residence for credit purposes in Sponsor’s online galleries, without further compensation, notification or permission, unless prohibited by law. In addition, each winner grants to the Sponsor and its designees an irrevocable, royalty-free, non-exclusive, worldwide perpetual license to use and distribute the entry [(as submitted, or as cropped by Sponsor)], and his/her name, city and state of residence for credit purposes, in any and all media now or hereafter known, including without limitation in ****** magazine, for purposes of promotion of this Contest and other Sponsor contests and/or for purposes of advertising and promoting Sponsor and, except as otherwise stated herein, without further compensation, notification or permission, unless prohibited by law.
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