Nikon Criticized for Sponsoring Rights-Grab Contest

Camera maker Nikon is getting some flak from its endorsement and sponsorship of a photography contest that requires contestants to surrender copyrights to all the pictures they submit.

The controversy has tarnished Nikon’s reputation after the company endorsed the “rights-grabbing” Opodo Reflections Competition. The terms of the competition provide Opodo with an instant royalty-free photographic library, allowing it to use every photograph submitted to the competition forever without paying the entrant.

While Canon, Pentax and Olympus are disassociating themselves from such competitions, Nikon tries to defend its move by saying that the competition is a “nice way” for amateurs to get involved in photography.


Published by Chris Malinao

Chris teaches Lightroom as workflow software to photography students at the FPPF, Federation of Philippine Photographers Foundation. He also teaches smartphone photography.