Teenage Photography Contests?

Discussion in 'Digital Photography' started by swwack91, Aug 6, 2007.

  1. swwack91 macrumors 6502a

    Jan 28, 2007
    New Jersey
    Does anyone know of a good photography contest for teenagers in New Jersey? I've been taking pictures for a little while and would love to put them up for competition.
  2. -hh macrumors 68020


    Jul 17, 2001
    NJ Highlands, Earth
    I don't know of any specifically offhand, but check around for local clubs. There's one in Morris County, for example.

    And the other thing to be aware of is the fine print in the rules of many so-called "Contests": many of them basically say that they have unlimited free use of everything submitted, forever, thankyouverymuch. As such, their real agenda a lot of times is to build up a Stock Library that they can sell without your knowledge or consent.

    And its not only in "contests", but sometimes even services where you upload images. This was in the fine print of a "print & send postcards" company:

    "The User hereby grants (Company Name) a non-exclusive license to post the Image on its web site and to deliver it to its audience through different media channels."

    TRANSLATION: you're giving them the permission to use your copyrighted photos for free, forever, in any way that they wish to.

    This fine print allows them to collect all of his customer's images to then resell them to anyone as Stock Photography, without any compensation back to the original copyright holder. If you don't think that this is his intent, then why is there also this little phrase too:

    "By uploading files you agree to hold all copyrights for the image and to have previously obtained a model release from each person included in your picture. This includes children, deceased persons, natives of another language; cases in which a parent, a guardian or another authorized person should read, agree and sign the model release."

    Do keep in mind that this example is only a custom postcard printing business with no intent to publish *your* work to anyone other than *you*, so why wouldn't this legal clause be entirely unnecessary?

    Good luck finding a suitable contest, but also be aware that if you have something really good, the terms of the contest may be more than you bargained for.


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