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CALL FOR ENTRIES: Focal Press Monthly Photography Contest

The March winners of the Focal Press Monthly Photography contest have just been announced, and are currently accepting entries for the April Competition, "Photojournalism: Photos that Inspire." Entry is free and available to any photographer. The April competition is sponsored by Kenneth Kobre, author of Photojournalism: The Professionals' Approach, 6th Edition. All entries are juried by website visitors, and newly uploaded photos can be voted on right away. If you enter, don't forget to forward the competition to your friends so they can vote and enter!

American Express Gift Cards are available to the top three chosen photographers, as well as a book published by Focal Press of the photographer's choice. Additionally, the monthly winners from February, March, April, May and June will have their photographs entered to win the Grand Prize, to be awarded in July: the Epson RX680 Ultra Hi-Definition Photo All-in-One Printer. The final contest of the series, opening May 2008, will focus on
"Food," and will be sponsored by Authors Linda Bellingham and Jean Ann Bybee.

To enter,
visit Focal Press' website and upload your entry.

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At 7:54 AM, Blogger Walter Dufresne said...

Focal Press is a wonderful publishing company, and I own more than two dozen of their tech books about photography. But then, I'm old.

Focal Press is also a part of Reed Elsevier, a not-so-tiny publishing company with more than a billion dollars in profits last year alone.

Here's what you get by entering the contest: a chance to win those (trivial) prizes, and your name next to any use by Reed Elsevier of your photographs, *even* *if* you don't win those prizes.

Here's what Focal Press gets: the right to send you e-mail about any and all Reed Elsevier products and services


"Right to Use Entries. By entering the Contest, entrants grant Sponsor a non-exclusive, irrevocable, royalty-free, perpetual, worldwide right and license to reproduce, publish, display and otherwise use their submitted image(s), credited with entrant’s full name and city and state/province/country of residence, online and in print or any other media for purposes of editorials, exhibition, advertising, publicity and promotion of the Contest and Sponsor’s publications and products, without additional compensation or permission, unless prohibited by law."

That last clause tells this photographer that anything he enters, anything at all, has the potential to be truly worthwhile to Reed Elsevier and is guaranteed to be nearly worthless to me. Unless, of course, a credit line on Reed Elsevier's advertising and product packaging will somehow, somehow, turn into paying work.

Hey, I'm sure it's only me: I won't enter only because, from my crabby point of view, Reed Elsevier says in advance that photographers' works are going to be, imho, worthless to photographers. Your circumstances and ambitions may, of course, tell you otherwise.


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