A great photo contest? For who? Not the photographers that’s for sure…
I received an email a few days ago about a photo contest here in Canada. Family Camping & Canoeroots Magazine and Parks Canada are sponsors in this “contest”?
Contests are fine and dandy but when it looks like the reason for the contest is to harvest a supply of free photos the tables seem a little bit tipped in favor of the contest organizers. A little bit? Well maybe completely in their favor.
Why on earth would anyone enter a contest and not by winning but by the act of entering give up rights to their photos. Oh yeah, another cute bit, “The Participants will further grant to Parks Canada Agency and Rapid Magazine Inc. the right to archive the submitted photos and to use them as part of educational or business activities.”
So I enter, don’t win anything and by virtue of entering this contest both Parks Canada and Rapid Magazine Inc. can use them for their “business” activities? Plain and simple this looks like a ripoff or at the very least a bad deal for photographers. My advice is to always read the fine print and STAY AWAY from contests like this.
With respect to any photo entered in this contest, each Participant, or the copyright holder for these photos, would retain the copyright. By uploading or entering a photo in the contest, the Participants agree to grant (or certify that the photo’s copyright holder expressly grants) to Rapid Magazine Inc., the Parks Canada Agency and the member agencies of the Canadian Heritage Rivers Board of the CHRS a world-wide, royalty-free, irrevocable and non-exclusive right and license to use, copy, adapt, transmit, communicate, publish, publicly display and distribute, as well as create and distribute compilations and derivative works or merchandise from any such submitted photos to promote the contest or any resulting public display. The Participants will further grant to Parks Canada Agency and Rapid Magazine Inc. the right to archive the submitted photos and to use them as part of educational or business activities. The Participants will finally represent and warrant that they have the right to grant the license set out above.
Why do companies keep doing this sort of thing? Probably because they can get enough photos for free for their commercial and educational? use. Educational? Yeah, right.