Pro Imaging: The Bill of Rights for Photo Contest Entries

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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. “Terms 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 photographers’ moral rights be waived,” 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.


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One thought on “Pro Imaging: The Bill of Rights for Photo Contest Entries

  1. Gordon C Harrison

    As one of the Pro-Imaging people behind the Bill of Rights campaign many thanks for picking up on it and publicising it. We already have had one camera manufacturer change their rules in response to our campaign. In another the legal services section of a government agency wants to involve us in the drafting process of IP T&C’s for future contests.

    The campaign is all about education, educating entrants, and educating contest promoters and sponsors. We are expanding the range of competitions being reported through a new fast track process here –

    We want contributions from everyone about competitions they encounter, both good and bad. We especially want to know about good ones, the more of these we can list the better – people will tend to go there instead and the people running bad competitions will be starved of submissions.

    Competitions can be notified to us at Thanks for your help.