Thursday, August 03, 2006

Food & Wine Photo Contest

Pim has all the details
Note that according to the rules, "Any photograph entered in this Contest shall remain the exclusive property of Sponsor and entrant agrees that Sponsor and its designees shall have the perpetual, worldwide right to edit, publish and use the photograph in any way and in any media for trade, advertising, promotional and/or other purposes as Sponsor may determine in its sole discretion without further consideration to entrant or winner."

The prize is a Canon rebel and the rules suggest that winners will be published in the mag, but don't actually say that unless I missed it...

This Post was written by stephen from Stephencooks...

11 comments:

Sam said...

Hi Stephen - this contest was already mentioned on FBS several days ago. But no one pointed out the small print, so thanks for making us aware of that.

Personally, I dont see why this competition is such a big deal and why it is getting all this attention. If they were giving away a car, maybe?

Also remember in the US you have to pay tax on any winnnings, which is not the case in Britain, for example.

[btw I used to be a "competition expert" in a former life so know quite a lot about the subject of consumer competitions]

Kalyn said...

I agree with Sam about people making a big deal about the contest. You would have to have a camera at least as good as the Canon rebel, if not better, to win I'd think. Too bad they didn't offer money as a prize for some of you great photographers to compete for.

Ed Charles said...

Prize aside, personally I don't enter these competitions as I don't want to give away copyright for what would very likely be no reward.

nika said...

Sam: we here in the US are used to having everything taxed, we assume even our tire tracks and footprints will eventually be taxed. (ok, dont get me started, taxes are worse than library fines and those still haunt my memories of my childhood!)

I am always of two minds as to whether these photo competitions are worth the effort. IF chosen, (and I respect the fact that I am a WAY beginner and that there will ALWAYS be a large crowd of much more talented and better equipped photographers out there) is there much expectation of rewards beyond the camera? I mean, is it going to lead to career-building exposure or is it more likely to be an isolated one-off?

Sam said...

thing is Nika, since people don't often win competitions they might forget that they have to pay almost of the cost of that prize camera, or whatever, and the more expensive the prize, the higher the tas. I would guess that somepeople might not even be able to afford to win the prize.

I think some competitions would help the winners gain exposure, improve career chances, etc, but I don't think this particular competition is one of them. I think those types of competition are rare but have prizes which actually reflect the career direction - ie the prize would be to spend time with the photographer, take some photos for the magazine, etc.

Sam said...

I meant pay almost half of the cost, sorry.

nika said...

Sam: thanx, thats what I was looking for.

My dream prize would an all expenses paid weekend learning from Lou Manna in Manhattan and getting to go on several shoots. That would be a nice start :-) Staying at the Astoria wouldnt hurt either.

Garrett said...

Somehow this seems unfair. I have a really shoddy camera. I mean, REALLY shoddy, as in turning off the flash is not an option shoddy. But the prize is a great camera. Don't you already need a great camera to even have a shot at this?

Sam said...

garret - just go for it
there is no harm
I think it would be nice if it was won by someone who really needs a new camera.

do you have a chance? well you never know who else will enter, huh?

But try and take in daylight without the flash

mrs d said...

I have a shoddy camera as well and would love a new camera, but the fine print on this contest is odious. If I'm going to be asked to give away my all my creative rights to an item, it better be an item that cannot be used anywhere else (eg, a photo of a particular product that is trademarked by the contest sponsor). This, otoh, is Food & Wine saying "send us your best photos and we'll deny you all future profit from them." Ptooey.

SusanV said...

That Canon Rebel would be many times better than the camera I currently have--in fact, it's the exact one that I've been hoping to buy. But even if I had a ghost of a chance of winning with my 4 megapixel Olympus, I wouldn't enter because it sounds like not only the winner but also all entrants give up the rights to their photos. I can almost understand F&W wanting rights to the winning photos, but to all entered photos? That's just wrong.