I know that this topic has surfaced in the past... But here's another reminder to all photographers who will be submitting their photos to competitions in the near future.
This was taken from the rules and regulation of one of the local photo competition of a reputable magazine.
[MAGAZINE] retains the right to publish the contest entries to congratulate the winners and to promote future events.
[Acceptable] It's good exposure for the winning photographers as they are credited along with their winning title and photo.
Entries may be published by Sponsors, and/or their designees, licensees or affiliates (the "Authorised Parties") in magazines, on websites, or in any other medium, at Authorised Parties' discretion.
[NOT ACCEPTABLE] What has the images got to do with the Sponsors? Is it gonna appear in their product magazines? corporate websites? commercial billboard or tv ads??? Shouldn't the images be just tied to the competition itself?
By participating, all entrants grant a license in the Entries to the Authorised Parties, and acknowledge that any Authorised Party may use the entries and a name credit in any media now or hereafter known, without the restriction, including commercially using the entries to the fullest extent possible worldwide in perpetuity.
[NOT ACCEPTABLE] Which means the magazine and any of their 5-10 or unlimited sponsors can use your images in whatever way they like anywhere in the world which in turn generate millions of sales revenue for them collectively. BASICALLY, YOU GIVE AWAY YOUR IMAGE FOR FREE! Imagine if even established magazines can do this, and boost their own commercial picture library, and use thousands of images from this competition for free. All of which they would be able to reuse and resell to generate profits. So what does photographers earn then? NOTHING. This impacts the whole photography industry!
Authorised Parties will not be required to pay any additional consideration or seek any additional approval in connection with such use. Entries become the property of Sponsors and will not be returned.
[NOT ACCEPTABLE] THE BEST PART? They even state that they will not tell you if they use your images! And not required to pay any additional considerations (they actually do mean $$$ money $$$, btw...).The images belongs to the Sponsors! How can you be sure they will credit you? At this point, the photo does not belongs to you anymore. It's not about the $$ anymore. Your rights are gone.
If you feel something is not right,
DO NOT SUBMIT YOUR IMAGES! YOUR WORKS ARE NOT FOR FREE!
PLEASE BE CAUTIOUS AND PROTECT YOURSELF AND YOUR FELLOW PHOTOGRAPHERS!
Please note that this is not a time for us photographers to slam or flame each other. This is a very important reminder for us educated and well-informed photographers to stand up for our work and stand up for what's right. Anybody in the world should be paid what you deserve, nothing is for free.