https://www.skypixel.com/contests/2019 *Scroll down to PRIZES for a tiny tiny link to the full T&C’s… Sample below.
“D. Intellectual Property
By entering into the Contest and submitting an Entry, each Entrant hereby grants to the Organizer and its affiliates, and the Organizer and the affiliates hereby accepts, a non-exclusive, irrevocable, royalty-free, worldwide, perpetual, sub-licensable and transferable license to use and exploit the Intellectual Property Rights subsisting in his/her respective Entry(ies). The license under this provision shall provide to the Organizer, its affiliates, and its transferees and sub-licensees, to the extent transferred and sublicensed by the Organizer, the right to edit, publish, print, use, adapt, translate, exploit, modify, include in a compilation, copy, disseminate, dispose, load onto its server, broadcast and/or transmit each Entrant’s Entry (including photos, videos, etc.) for advertising, promotional, display and/or publicity purposes, and to use the Entries for any and all purposes connected with the Contest and the Campaign Website without any compensation for, further permission by, or notification to the Entrant. Each Entrant also hereby grants each visitor to the Campaign Website a non-exclusive license to access an Entrant’s Entry and to view, use, reproduce and/or distribute such Entry for entirely personal recreational purpose.
For selected entries, the Organizer and its affiliates and main partners (Western Digital Corporation and Nikon Corporation) are entitled to display, publish, or otherwise use entries on the following channels without further authorization from the Entrants:
1. Weekly selection on SkyPixel website, and the DJI apps, which includes without limitation, the DJI GO app and DJI Mimo App;
2. SkyPixel social media (a link, a watermarked image, or an email link);
3. DJI social media (a link, a watermarked image, or an email link);
4. Media partners (a watermarked image with a width of 1920 pixels, or a SkyPixel video link, which will include the author’s name and the competition details).
5. Video websites will promote SkyPixel selected entries, and the contest and author’s name will be acknowledged.
6. DJI offline channels (e.g., selected entries will be printed or displayed by DJI Flagship Stores and authorized dealers.).
7. Main sponsor’s promotional channels (for contest promotion use only). The contest and author’s name will be acknowledged.
For winning entries, the winner grants the organizer, its affiliates, and main partners (Western Digital Corporation and Nikon Corporation) a perpetual, non-exclusive, sublicensable, transferrable, world-wide, royalty-free right and license to reproduce, compile, modify and prepare derivative works. This also includes the right to publish, display, distribute, broadcast, transmit, and otherwise use the entries in whole or in part for advertisements and/or promotions. The Organizer and its affiliate also have the right to use the content for any media and/or media outreach, including without limitation, online, mobile, public relations exhibitions, performance uses, retail establishments, industrial and/or promotional events uses, print media uses, out-of-home advertising, public or private transportation, video editing software and sharing tools, television, theatrical, home video formats, mobile applications, and commercial use without any compensation for, further permission by, or notification to the Winners.”
WHAT THE ACTUAL F&*K
We both agree these are the worst Terms and Conditions we have ever seen in a photo competition.
Below is an article from Pro Counter Australia on the previous years SkyPixel comps.
Obvious Cash Grabs
Now this is a funny one. After months of photo geek online investiagting by a great community of photographers it was discovered that numerous photo contests appear to be run by the same man – The five photo contests are…
International Photography of the Year (IPOTY), Monochrome Awards, Fine Art Photography Awards, ND Awards, and MonoVision Photography Awards.
Stunning high quality websites are made, high profile photographers are put down as judges to make the competitions look more professional and legitimate, however most of the judges are never asked to actually judge, their names are used and they never judge the competition. See this investigation unfolding below through the links…
https://monoawards.com – still running in 2020
https://iphotographeroftheyear.com – hasnt operated since 2017, was the main focus of the negative articles.
https://fineartphotoawards.com – still running in 2020
https://monovisionsawards.com – still running 2020
https://ndawards.net – Still running
Free entry but….
Aperture has a free competition, but as you read you realise you have to be a subscriber to enter… $75 for a year
If a photo competition is free you are most likely going to pay in another way… you just have to figure out what it is…
So how do we know what competitions to enter and to not?
Look at dodgy T&C’s Language:
- Look at the type of licence they want if you win – watch out for exclusive.
- Don’t enter if they want rights for all entries – this is an obvious data grab.
- Look at YOUR level of liability in the conditions.
- Who is the competition run by? Are they High profile?
- Who are the sponsors?
- Who are the judges? Are the judges actually judging? You may want to contact a judge direct to see
- What are the prizes – is it worth it?
- What is the entry fee, if there is no entry fee how else am I ‘paying’ (there’s always a way)
- Check out past winners and their quality of work, you can also track their career and see if winning the competition has helped their career.
- Do you know any past winners
If the competition has a good reputation, good prizes, good publicity, good quality work and past winners, no dodgy right grabbing T & C’s then maybe you want to consider entering. This is a very individual choice.
Arts Law Council of Australia Information Sheet
LensCulture Competition Free guide