As some of you would know, the AIPP and ACMP have a Photo Watch Dog whose role it is to keep an eye on photography competitions in Australia and try to negotiate with the organisers of those competitions for better Terms and Conditions related to entering a photograph.
As an example it is not uncommon to see a clause that states something like:
This is just one section – there are 11 sections of a single term, and there are 54 terms in total :
that they own the content of their Entry in any way for use in any media worldwide and have the right to assign such copyright ownership in perpetuity and other Intellectual Property Rights in the Entry to the Promoter;
In short – they want the copyright – and once you’re read the entire terms and relate each term to each other, in order for it to make sense; this particular competition contains these points of concern:
a) You cant use the image for yourself in the future
b) You cant enter it into any other competition
c) You cant use it in your own portfolio
d) You can be held legally liable if the image gets used for any other purpose in perpetuity
e) And you’re agreeing to all of this just by entering – this applies to both winners and losers
The main trouble is that the general public simply do not read the Terms and Conditions. Instead they tend to “trust” the competition organiser that they’re doing the “right thing”.
That is where the problem starts. In most cases, a presumption is made by the entrant that the organiser wouldn’t do anything that is so blatantly unfair.
William Long is the AIPP and ACMP PhotoWatchDog and he has setup a facebook page to allow him to divest information about competitions and for people to report/raise concerns about photography competitions they come across. The page is HERE
If you are a facebook member, please feel free to 'like' the page, and it can be a valuable resource for both members and non-members of facebook, in relation to photography competitions here in Australia