Photographers Beware; There’s another really bad photo contest out there being run by what most would consider a very reputable institution. Courtesy of Photo Competitions, I saw their recent posting advertising an upcoming photo contest being done by the Smithsonian Magazine.
The catch: Just by entering the contest, (as opposed to winning) you’ll be giving away your permission for the Smithsonian to use your image however they want, with no payment to you outside of a “credit line”. And to be clear, this is your name next to the photo, not a line of credit that you can use to buy things at the grocery store or Home Depot.
See for yourself:
By entering the contest, entrants grant Smithsonian Institution a royalty-free, world-wide, perpetual, non-exclusive license to display, distribute, reproduce, and create derivative works of the entries, in whole or in part, in any media now existing or subsequently developed, for any Smithsonian Institution purpose, including, but not limited to advertising and promotion of the magazine and its Web site, exhibition, and commercial products, including but not limited to Smithsonian Institution publications. Photographs may appear on the Smithsonian Journeys Web site as well as in Journeys publications. Any photograph reproduced will include a photographer credit. The Smithsonian Institution will not be required to pay any additional consideration or seek any additional approval in connection with such uses.
Time for an uproar of disapproval, I think. My advice, stay FAR AWAY from this contest.
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