RECENTLY, I was surprised to receive an e-mail message from the National Parks Board (NParks) inviting me to the launch of the commemorative book, Living In A Garden: The Greening Of Singapore, in recognition of my contribution to it.
I do not recall having contributed to this book. What I had done was participate in a series of photo competitions NParks organised in 2011/12.
I can accept that when I entered the competition, the organisers have the right to use my photos for publicity, exhibitions and other purposes related to the competition.
What I cannot accept is that the photos - especially those that did not win any prizes - now belong to the organiser, to be freely used for any subsequent project.
Regardless of the rules, it would have been basic courtesy for NParks to inform the competitors and seek their permission before using the photos.
Most of us probably do not mind. But there may be some who would not want their photos published as this bars them from submitting the photos for other competitions.