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Photography Competitions

07/07/2011 1:33

It has been a while since I have written - but something that arrived in my email today really sparked up my Interest.

The email arrived via the contact form on my photoblog and I thought that it was a worthy thing to share with my Readers.

_________Start Message_________

My name is Amber and I work for the Department of Regional Australia, Regional Development and Local Government.

Last Monday, we launched the myregion National Photographic Competition, inviting Australians to submit ‘Images of Australia’ taken over the past year that showcase the people, places, wildlife, landscapes and nature that make their communities unique.

As a photoblogger, we’d like to encourage you to consider entering the competition at http:// myregion . strutta . com

We would also appreciate if you would tell your readers about the competition. Here’s some key details you may choose to mention:

• The National Photographic Competition is being run by the Department of Regional Australia, Regional Development and Local Government (

• The competition launched on 30 May 2011 and closes on 26 June 2011.

• Entries are invited in five categories – people, places, wildlife, landscapes and nature.

• The competition will be judged by, Australian award-winning photographer Steve Parish OAM Australian actor Deborah Mailman ABC TV’s Art Nation host Fenella Kernebone Photo Review managing editor Don Norris.

• There will also be a peoples’ choice winner decided by popular vote.

• Competition winners are eligible for prizes including vouchers for photographic equipment, photographic software and magazine subscriptions. One student winner will be invited to join Steve Parish on a photo workshop.

• Winning entries will be exhibited at the National Film and Sound Archive in Canberra in July and selected images will also feature in Steve Parish Publishing’s product range, and a Photo Review editorial spread.

For more information, please email contactus @ myregion . gov . au, follow us at @myregiongovau or visit the competition website.

__________End Message__________


*** Note - I have modified the actual links from the message - you will see why in a moment.


Being a keen photographer with an interest in getting my work more widely recognized, I headed over to the website. Yep, took a quick look and noted some of the really great work that has already been submitted.

Being the curious type, I finally found a a link to the actual rules of the competition and started to read them.


I got as far as Rule 6 and then decided to blog about it and also inform all the members of local photography clubs.

Just so you don't have to, I have quoted rule 6 below for you.


------  start quoted rules -------

6. Rights Granted by you: By entering this Competition, you agree that:
     a) the Organiser will have the right to use all or a part of your Entry, your first name and location (city and      state/province/territory), and the names, likenesses, photographs and images of all persons appearing in the      Entry anywhere in the world and in perpetuity, for future advertising, trade, promotion and publicity in any manner      and in any medium now known or hereafter devised throughout the world in perpetuity, without compensation and      without notice to you and without consideration, review or approval from you; and
     b) you agree that you will not now nor in the future be paid for your Entry or for granting the Administrator or      Organiser any of the rights set out in these Terms and Conditions.


------ end quoted rules ------


So, what on face value looked to be a photographic competition is nothing more than a "Rights Grab.

The entries on the site, unfortunately, have already given away tens of thousands of $$ in rights - far more than the measly "Prizes" on offer.

It is really a sad thing that people get so wrapped up in the idea of a meagre prize when they could sell their images for far more.

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  1. 06/14,2011 | 21:04

    Rule 6 stick it

  2. 06/16,2011 | 15:15


    I am the myregion Director at the Department of Regional Australia, Regional Development and Local Government and am now responsible for the myregion site and National Photographic Competition.

    Please note that the terms of the competition were adjusted on 9 June to better reflect the intentions of the Department, and consequently improve the rights of the photographers, who retain copyright in their images.

    The terms adjustment was undertaken with the support of a professional photographer accredited by the AIPP. They now correspond to the level set by prestigious international photography competitions.

    The amended terms are visible in the Contest Rules page for the competition, linked from the main competition page:

    Best regards,

    Craig Thomler

  3. Bob
    06/16,2011 | 15:49

    Craig, It is good to see that the rules have been updated - it certainly makes the competition much more attractive to both the professional and amateur photographers of Australia