“It is particulary disappointing that two organisations so closely associated with photography should be content to support a contest which undermines the rights of all who take photographs.We are also dismayed that judges who have a strong background in photography and/or other creative disciplines should have decided to lend support to this contest.”
I really hope the organisers of the UN’s photo comp listen to the advice from Pro-Imaging. They clearly and very helpfully explain to photo competition organisers how to run competitions in a fair way so that everyone gets what they want, without grabbing the rights of entrants. Such competitions should not be a way for organisations to boost their photo library in return for a few cheap cameras.
All entrants are granting the sponsor usage beyond that needed to promote the contest, images will be used for other purposes. The Bill of Rights requires free usage to be restricted to promoting the contest, and no other purpose. If organisations wish to use the entrants images for any other purpose the Bill of Rights permits this providing a fee is negotiated with the copyright owner.
To complain to the organiser send your complaint to this email address; [email protected] and mark your complaint for the attention of The President of the UNDP, his excellency Mr John Ashe and also CC it to the competition at [email protected]
Or you could make a complaint by entering this image into the competition:
REALLY useful and helpful guides for competition organisers can be found here: