It’s come to my attention that the National Geographic International Photography Contest 2008 is now making entrants photographs available as downloadable wallpaper. This concerned fellow friend and photographer Don Hall enough to email those running the contest to withdraw his entries.Â The concern as put by Don in his note to National Geographic…
“Free distribution of your entries, probably the best from a particular photographer, undermines their efforts to control their distribution and takes away potential income.”
Select photographs submitted each week are made available for download as wallpaper in three sizes 800 x 600, 1024 x 768 and 1280 x 960. Upon further inspection each image does have a watermark stating the photographers name, a copyright statement reserving all rights for the photographer, the title of the photo contest, the week of submission and the url of the contest site.
By entering the Contest, all entrants grant an irrevocable perpetual, nonexclusive license to Authorized Parties, to reproduce, distribute, display, and create derivative works of the entries (along with a name credit) in connection with the Contest and promotion of the Contest, in any media now or hereafter known, including, but not limited to: display at a potential exhibition of winners; publication of a book featuring select entries in the Contest; publication in National Geographic magazine or online highlighting entries or winners of the Contest. Entrants consent to the Sponsor doing or omitting to do any act that would otherwise infringe the entrant’s “moral rights” in their entries. Display or publication of any entry on an Authorized Party’s website does not indicate the entrant will be selected as a winner. Authorized Parties will not be required to pay any additional consideration or seek any additional approval in connection with such use. Additionally, by entering, each entrant grants to Authorized Parties the unrestricted right to use all statements made in connection with the Contest, and pictures or likenesses of Contest entrants, or choose not to do so, at their sole discretion. Authorized Parties will not be required to pay any additional consideration or seek any additional approval in connection with such use.
The Contest FAQ also states:
Will my photography be seen online?
Selected entries and the entrants’ names may be published on ngm.com at the discretion of the National Geographic Society.
Will I be notified if my photo is chosen for the online galleries?
You will be notified only if you are a Grand Prize winner.
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