Pro Imaging, a UK-based organization of pro photographers, has crafted a Bill of Rights to combat the rights-grabbing nature of most photo contests.
The Bill of Rights asserts the claim of photographers to retain copyright and moral rights in their images upon submission of their entries to a photo contest. â€œTerms and conditions of competitions must not require photographers entering them to assign their copyright to another party, nor must it be a condition of entry that the photographersâ€™ moral rights be waived,â€ it said.
The Bill also defines restricted usage rights for images submitted to any competition, and how these images may be used for commercial purposes.
The organization also published their Rights Off List to warn would-be entrants that these competitions run afoul of their avowed goals. The list includes 1000000 Million Places On Earth, MyPlace Panasonic Photo of the Year, Adobe Design Achievement Awards, The Great Outdoors Photo Contest and Nikon Small World Competition.