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Sunday Times photo competition: bastards

This week’s Sunday Times went into great detail about a photography competition for landscape snappers, but strangely didn’t highlight that you have to pay to enter: £7 for one image, or £25 if you want to send in the maximum of fifteen.

Given that the total prize pot is £20K, if 1,000 people enter 15 images apiece that’s £25K in income. Plus, the AA and Sunday Times – and many, many others – are “backing” the competition – and they’re listed as sponsors, which usually means financial help. On that basis you’d expect the total revenue to be significantly higher.

I smell a rat.

5 replies on “Sunday Times photo competition: bastards”

You forgot to mention that by entering your picture into the competion they can also make more money from it:

“By entering the competition, you grant Take a view and its supporting partners a non-exclusive, irrevocable, royalty-free license to reproduce, enlarge, publish or exhibit, on any media, the images for any purpose connected with the competition. This may include, but is not limited to: [fairly wide list of options to use the picture]”

But then that’s pretty much standard with these competitions, I think.

(is it a coincidence that the security word is “grrr”?)

I also liked the fact that although only £2 per picture cheaper to enter – the under 16 maximum prize is £9,000 less.

I thought the T&Cs looked a bit ropey. Especially the merchandising and sub-licensing clauses.

They certainly didn’t spend much on that site, it’s awful.

Design is horrible. Coding is horrible.

Made by ‘CoolTide’ – they also have a horrible site. Tiny pixel font, and a mash of flash too. That’s REALLY hard to read as you can’t resize the font.

Coded in tables, image maps – well at least it’s accessible. Not. Terrible.

Cometition == Bastards.
Website “Designers” == Bastards also!

..or is it just me? :P

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