Take a look at the terms and conditions (especially #1):-
Terms & Conditions
1. In submitting your picture/s, you irrevocably agree to grant STI a perpetual, royalty-free, exclusive right to use, reproduce, modify, adapt, publish, translate, create derivative works from, distribute, make available to the public including sublicensing, and exercise all copyright and publicity rights with respect to their contributions. The Contributor also agrees that upon submission of his works, all terms and conditions contained here will apply without qualification whatsoever.
2. Contributors will not be paid for their submissions.
3. Strictly no spamming or off-topic material: The STI Photolog site does not allow multiple submission of the same or similar contributions. Spammers will be blocked by our web administrators. STI reserves the right to reject off-topic submissions in subject-specific areas.
4. Views expressed in STI's Photolog site are those of contributors and are not necessarily those of STI. Contributors shall be responsible for their own views and photographic works and shall ensure that their submissions of their works including any captions are not defamatory, indecent or offensive in any nature.
5. Further, contributors must submit only materials which they own the copyright thereto. 6. Contributors shall indemnify and hold STI, its holding company Singapore Press Holdings Ltd, harmless against any claims, suits, actions, damages including without any limitation all costs and expenses incurred in the event of any claim or suit from any third party as a result of the publication of the contributors' works.
7. If there is any conflict between these terms and specific terms appearing elsewhere on STI (including local house rules) then the latter shall prevail.
And if you look at #6 - if there is any dispute arising from use of your picture, you are liable for damages.
STI gets all the benefits, photographer gets all the risks. Incredible!!
In other words they want free photos....that's all. Imagine you bringing up a child from birth, taking care of it when it is sick and suddenly you give it away and you have no right to visit it anymore. This is a cheap gimmick.
Sometimes credit isn't enough. Unless u are really confident that ur shot is good & u will be talent-spotted coz if it, it is better to get some payment for it. The part about bearing all the risks makes it more not worthwhile.
i think we can reasonably conclude that it is not ST alone, but the result of their editorial policy of media giant here. Not too long ago, remember that they ask for story leads, but will not pay for such leads, if it leads to publication.
Typical thinking of big guys.....this is the second time this has happened here in Singapore......first time was that URA contest, after I sent an email to the organiser they changed the rules.....it all has got to do with the mentality here, you get a prize/money so we paid for the rights too and pics. All very business like! Time we photographers behave more business like..don't get bullied!