Get Your Photos on the Cover of Lonely Planet

The Lonely Planet travel guides have become the travel guide for the young and the hip. Now, Lonely Planet has teamed up with photo-sharing site Pikeo to find new cover images.

If you have a great photo of Paris, London, Barcelona or Istanbul sitting around, consider uploading it to Pikeo. The directions on how to do so are on the contest page. The winner won’t just get his or her image on the cover of a Lonely Planet book, though. The winner will also get a trip from Intrepid Travel — the choices are India, the Serengeti Trail, Morocco or Russia. I know I wouldn’t mind a chance to take photos on the Serengeti Trail.

Free Copy of Portrait Professional 8 is hosting a contest with copies of Portrait Professional 8 as the prize. It’s almost three separate contests in one: to enter, you just have to do one of the following.

  • Submit a black and white portrait of someone meaningful to you through Flickr. You’ll have to write a brief explanation of why that person means so much to you.
  • Submit a color portrait with the same guidelines.
  • Send a portrait tip to

The contest closes to submission on September 4th. You can check out the submissions so far in the competition’s Flickr pool. There are already some impressive pieces up, though submissions seem heavily weighted to the black and white so far.

Pregnancy Photos Contest has announced a new photo contest relating to pregnant belly photos.  Before posting contest news releases, I always try to take a look at the terms and conditions of the contest to see what rights, if any, photographers give up in their copyright when submitting photos.  This one deserves some special attention.

Self-Portrait Required

According to the Official Rules to the contest, the “entrant” must be the one with the pregnant belly.  Additionally, it appears that the photos must be “self-portraits” based on the representations the entrant must make:

By submitting entry materials, entrants certify that such materials are original and created by entrant, that entrants have the necessary rights, permission and authority to submit such materials, and, if applicable, that entrants maintain a valid copyright in the materials.

I think its pretty clear that is not expecting expecting moms to set up a tripod and get their remote or timer ready to snap the pic.  No, it’s clear by looking through the entries that dad’s are the most likely photographers.  This provision is most certainly geared toward entrants sending in photos taken by pro photographers.  This is important because the rules also put liability on the moms if they send in a photo that someone else took and that photographer sues or the contest sponsor.  Not a huge deal but, technically, mom’s gotta be photographer and model.

Rights Grab to Your Photo and Personal Info

You get the typical rights grab in the rules:

Entrants authorize the Sponsor to use their name, voice, likeness, biographical data, city and state of residence and entry materials in programming or promotional material and for advertising, public relations and editorial purposes worldwide, in perpetuity, or on a winner’s list, if applicable, without further compensation unless prohibited by law.

I’ve highlighted the key words here: entry materials, promotional material, advertising and perpetuity.

This provisions means Meredith Corporation, the contest sponsor, gets to use the photos you submit (along with the other info about you) in any ads or other marketing material forever – with no additional compensation to you . . . ever.

Enter Spam Man

So, how could Meredith Corporation use your photos or personal info?  Well, you may want to consider who Meredith Corporation is.  Take a quick gander at the info on their “About” page:

Meredith ( ) is one of the nation’s leading media and marketing companies with businesses centering on magazine and book publishing, television broadcasting, integrated marketing and interactive media.

The Meredith Publishing Group features 26 subscription magazines – including Better Homes and Gardens, Family Circle, Ladies’ Home Journal, MORE, Parents, Fitness, and American Baby – and approximately 200 special interest publications.

Meredith owns 12 television stations, including properties in top-25 markets such as Atlanta, Phoenix and Portland.

Meredith has approximately 400 books in print and has established marketing relationships with some of America’s leading companies including The Home Depot, DIRECTV, DaimlerChrysler, Wal-Mart and Carnival Cruise Lines.

Meredith’s consumer database, which contains more than 85 million names, is one of the largest domestic databases among media companies and enables magazine and television advertisers to target marketing campaigns precisely.

Additionally, Meredith has an extensive Internet presence that includes 32 Web sites and strategic alliances with leading Internet destinations.

Meredith Hispanic Ventures publishes five Spanish-language titles, making Meredith the largest Hispanic publisher in the United States reaching women at every life stage.

I wonder where all those photos could end up?

Also, I hope you like getting requests for magazine subscriptions and direct mail crap from the likes of DIRECTV and Carnival Cruise Lines.

Fight in New York

Want to fight with the Meredith Corp. about some use that you don’t like based on your entry?  Go to New York.  That’s right, entrants agree to bring any dispute about the contest or their use of your materials in New York courts and New York courts only.

Cheap Stock Photo Library

Now to the prize.  One person wins $2500.  One person.  How many photos is Meredith Corp. going to have in their new “stock” library and email marketing (*cough* spam *cough*) list for a price of $2500?

Well, the contest was announced on June 27, two days ago, and there are already 29 pages of images (about 464 total entries thus far).  The contest ends on September 30, 2008.  If this pace continues, that’s well over 20,000 images and email addresses.  That’s a pretty cheap stock photo library and marketing list (about $0.12 per image).  Forget iStock, just run a contest and build your own library.

If you’re ready to give your photos away, sign up for spam and direct mail crap, check out the press release from below.

Press Release

Enter Your Pregnant Belly Photos and Pictures of Pregnant Bellies into the Best Baby Bump Contest

Take Your Best Pregnant Belly Shots – from Little Baby Bumps to Big Pregnant Bellies – and Upload Those Pregnant Belly Pictures to the Parents.Com Photo Contest

NEW YORK – June 27, 2008 – today invited readers to enter their pregnant belly photos and pictures of pregnant bellies into its Best Baby Bump Contest. It’s easy to enter: Just sign in at and upload your pregnant belly pictures.

Liz Zack, Executive Editor of, says, “We want you to take your best pregnant belly shots – from little baby bumps to big pregnant bellies – and enter them into our Baby Bump Contest. While you’re there, rate and comment on other people’s pregnant belly images, too.”

The Best Baby Bump Contest starts today and ends September 30, 2008. Vote for your favorite bump photo from October 6 to 21. The winner will be announced on Thursday, October 23. The prize is $2,500 cash.

Photos must be .jpeg or .bmp image formats and cannot exceed 3 MB. Photos must be original, unpublished and may not have won any prize or award. Entries must be received by 11:59 p.m., E.T., on September 30, 2008.

Zack adds, “Show us your gorgeous belly! Enter your best big, beautiful belly pics in our Belly Photo Contest now for the chance to win $2,500.”

About ( is the premier parenthood site on the Web, and the interactive companion to Parents, American Baby, and Family Circle magazines. With its stable of easy-to-use, helpful tools like the baby name finder, the growing belly tool, the activity finder, and the Birthday party planning tool, serves moms and dads, providing everything every parent needs to raise happy, healthy families from crib to college – how, when and where they need it.

New Baby Photo Contest

LAKE SUCCESS, N.Y., November 13, 2007 – Canon U.S.A., Inc., a leader in digital imaging technology, has announced a “New Baby Photo Contest” offering contestants the opportunity to share eligible images of new additions to their family, and possibly win a prize that will help to pay for future education costs. [Read more...]

Canon USA Urges America to Get Outside and Release its Inner Shutterbug


A Summer of Free Workshops at Three of America’s Most Popular National Parks and Canon’s Second Annual Photography in the Parks Photo Contest Return For a Season Filled With Photo Fun

LAKE SUCCESS, N.Y., June 20, 2007 – From the beaches of the eastern seaboard to the Great Plains, and from the wetlands of the south, to the towering sequoias of the west, America and its pristine parks have always been hailed as top destination sites for photography enthusiasts and their families. Canon U.S.A., Inc. and the American Park Network continue to help define the relationship between photography and the great outdoors with the introduction of a free photography workshop program on select dates throughout the summer in Yosemite, Grand Canyon and Yellowstone National Parks. These programs will be artfully hosted and instructed by a select few of the world renowned Canon Explorer of Light photographers including Adam Jones and Lewis Kemper, along with other Canon-selected photographers such as Rob and Ann Simpson. What’s more, the Canon Photography in the Parks Photo Contest* returns this year to offer photographers the chance to display their work and win prizes in the categories of landscape and wildlife photography in the parks.

“Photography affords an entirely new perspective of the natural world that surrounds us every day, both in our national parks, and in our own backyards,” stated Yuichi Ishizuka, senior vice president and general manager of the Consumer Imaging Group, Canon U.S.A. “As a global organization, Canon understands its responsibility for the impact it makes on society and the environment. Canon is guided by the philosophy of Kyosei – ‘all people regardless of race, religion or culture, harmoniously living together and working into the future.’ Through our involvement in the parks, we hope to strengthen Canon’s commitment to conservation.”

The Canon Photography in the Parks Photo Contest

From June 1st to September 29th, photographic enthusiasts are encouraged to submit their favorite photographs from an American park to the Canon Digital Learning Center. Winning photographs in the categories of landscape and wildlife will win a trip to the participating parks of their choice, along with a full suite of Canon photographic equipment. By logging onto the Canon Digital Learning Center at, potential winners will not only have the opportunity to submit their photos, but can also peruse the Web site to explore the various educational resources that Canon has to offer for novices and advanced photographers alike.

Photography in the Parks Workshops

With the help of the Canon Explorer of Light program, Canon’s elite roster of the most influential photographers in the world, park visitors will have the opportunity to participate in free daily guided visual photographic journeys. Additionally, Canon will loan participants top-tier digital camera equipment to capture those awe-inspiring sights at no additional cost. Aspiring photographers will learn the tips and tricks to taking great outdoor photos and experience hands-on training using some of the same equipment that professional photographers use. Evening programs are also offered, providing visitors the rare opportunity to spend time with the Explorers of Light, view stunning imagery, ask questions, and receive prints and a CD of their own photos.

“It’s rare that we get the chance to share our passion for photography with people that are so eager to learn,” stated Adam Jones, professional photographer and Canon Explorer of Light. “As far as wildlife and landscape photography goes, these three parks are among the best locations the Earth has to offer. I look forward to teaching the tips and tricks I’ve used that will help to create photographs that can compete in the Canon in the Parks Photo Contest.”

Schedule of Seminars

Yosemite National Park: June 15-29, 2007

- Workshops: 9:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. except Tuesdays – Location: Ansel Adams Gallery

- Evening program: 8:30 p.m. except Tuesdays – Location: Curry Village Amphitheatre

Grand Canyon National Park: July 9 – 29, 2007

- Workshops: 9 a.m. and 2p.m. except Tuesdays – Location: Flagpole at the rim side of the El Tovar Hotel

- Evening program: 6 p.m., except Tuesdays and on Friday, July 20, 2007 – Location: Shrine of Ages auditorium (Parking lot A, next to Park Headquarters)

Yellowstone National Park: August 6 – 12, 2007

- Workshops: Daily, 9 a.m. and 2 p.m., except Tuesdays – Location: Old Faithful Inn

- Evening program: 6 p.m., except Tuesdays – Location: Old Faithful Snow Lodge

Additional Programs and Sponsored Events

The workshops and photo contest are just a small part of the sponsored education and activities that Canon offers. The Canon Digital Learning Center provides a wide variety of classes across the country with renowned photographers. There are also tutorials available on-line for beginners to learn their way around a digital SLR camera to unlock the creative control that SLR photography affords.

About Canon U.S.A., Inc.

Canon U.S.A., Inc. delivers consumer, business-to-business, and industrial imaging solutions. The Company is listed as one of Fortune’s Most Admired Companies in America and is on the 2006 BusinessWeek list of “Top 100 Brands.” Its parent company, Canon Inc. (NYSE:CAJ), is a top patent holder of technology, ranking third overall in the U.S. in 2006†, with global revenues of $34.9 billion. To keep apprised of the latest news from Canon U.S.A., sign up for the Company’s RSS news feed by visiting

About Canon U.S.A.’s Environmental Programs and Alliances

An educational and research program, Eyes on Yellowstone, made possible by Canon, assists with scientific research and breaks new ground in conservation, endangered species protection and the application of cutting-edge technology essential to managing park wildlife and ecosystems. and and

The Canon National Parks Science Scholars Program develops the next generation of scientists in the fields of conservation, environmental science, and park management, and is the first and only program of its kind to encourage doctoral students to conduct innovative research on scientific problems critical to national parks.

Canon Envirothon is North America’s largest high school environmental education competition in which more than 500,000 teenagers are involved in a year-long learning process that combines in-class curriculum with hands-on field experiences.

About American Park Network

American Park Network is the leading publisher of visitor guide magazines for national and state parks for more than two decades. With more than 20 editions, reaching 20 million people, American Park Network guides are the definitive information source for anyone planning a national park vacation. Through a carbon offset partnership with the National Forest Foundation, this year American Park Network became the world1s first carbon-free publisher.

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Citizen Photojournalism Contest

Sounds like a cool new photo contest . . . at first.

May 24, 2007 – Sony and news agency Reuters have launched the “Take Your Best Shot” photo contest. Citizen photojournalists can submit photos and videos online to the You Witness News website for the chance to win a Sony camcorder, digital camera, or trip to New York to accompany a Reuters photographer. Read More. . . .

Enter the contest here.

Read the fine print though:

OWNERSHIP OF ENTRIES: By entering, each entrant unconditionally assigns and transfers to Sponsor a nonexclusive, unlimited license in the photo or video, including, without limitation, the right, in Sponsor’s sole discretion, to edit, composite, morph, scan, duplicate, or alter, the photo or video for any purpose which Sponsor deems necessary or desirable, and each entrant irrevocably waives any and all so-called moral rights they may have in the photo or video submitted by him or her. Each entrant agrees that Sponsor may, without any limitation or further compensation, use his or her name, voice and/or likeness in any and all media for the purpose of advertising and promoting the Website, the Contest, or any other promotion, contest or sweepstakes sponsored by the Releasees, unless prohibited by law. Neither entrants nor winners shall be entitled to receive any compensation or credit for use of entries, other than that disclosed in these Official Rules.

Holy cow!  By simply entering the contest, you’re giving Reuters to use your photo in any way shape or form that they please for $0, forever.


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Students – Win Big in Microsoft’s Photo Contest!

Microsoft is putting some serious juice up for killer student photos:

For student photographers, this is an opportunity to Kick Start Your Career as a future professional photographer. The exciting prize packages include a Grand Prize of US$20,000 cash and a digital workflow prize package. There will also be three First Place winners in the following categories: Nature & Landscape; People & Portraits; and Fine Art who will each win US $2000 cash and a digital workflow prize package as well.

Enter here.

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