5 Free Photography Books (and the winners are . . .)

Last week, Photography Bay announced a giveaway for forum members. We had 5 copies of The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Photography Essentials to pass out for free.

The results, pulled from a random drawing of active forum members are as follows:

1. zuikoku

2. aredduo

3. wchang

4. leesmith

5. bertk

Congratulations to all of you and thanks for being members of the Photography Bay community.  I’ll be contacting each of you via email to work out the details of shipping the books to you.

Again, I’d like to thank the sponsor Penguin Group (USA), Inc. for providing the copies of The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Photography Essentials for this giveaway.

Did you miss out?

Not to worry.  The next batch of free photography gear is sitting right here next to me.  Look for an announcement soon.  If you want to get a jump on qualifying for the next giveaway, the same rules will apply – just be an active Photography Bay forum member.  Read more about the rules on the last giveaway announcement post.

A message to prospective sponsors:

Drop us a line at contact@photographybay.com for details on how you can sponsor a giveaway and get your name out to hundreds of thousands of photographers worldwide.

3 Days Left for a Chance to Win

The Complete Idiot's Guide to Photography Essentials

You’ve got until midnight (EDT) on Friday, September 19th to get in on your chance at 1 of 5 copies of The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Photography Essentials that Photography Bay is giving away.

All you have to enter is be an active Photography Bay forum member.

Existing active members are already eligible to win.  If you are not a member, head on over, register and join in the discussions.

See the full details on how to enter and win here.

Win A Great Photography Book

I told you it was coming when the Photography Bay Forum launched.  This is the first giveaway for forum members.  (The second giveaway is already in the works too.)

What’s Up for Grabs?

Back in July, Thursday Bram reviewed the Complete Idiot’s Guide to Photography Essentials here on Photography Bay. (See Review)  Since Thursday liked the book so much, I decided to contact the publisher to see if they wanted to sponsor a giveaway for Photography Bay readers.

Good news . . . I’ve got 5 brand spanking new copies to give away to Photography Bay readers – for free.

How Can I Win?

All you have to enter is be an active Photography Bay forum member.  Existing active members are already eligible to win.  If you are not a member, head on over, register and join in the discussions.

In summary, there are two things you need to do:

  1. Be a forum member
  2. Make at least one worthwhile post in the forum between now and September 19th


A worthwhile post is something that adds to a discussion or starts a discussion.  A spammy post will qualify you from winning anything. Additionally, only forum posts will qualify – blog comments do not apply to this contest.

This should be pretty straight forward; however, for the avoidance of doubt:  Critique requests, questions about your gear, speculations on rumors, and so on are valid posts.  Saying “You suck” or “Visit my site for free viagra” is not a worthwhile post.

Prize Announcement and Details

I will use a random drawing to determine the winners.  The winners will be announced by their forum usernames on September 20th on the front page of Photography Bay.  I will also contact those members by the email used to register in the forum for shipping information.  Photography Bay will cover the shipping charges to anywhere in the world that you are legally permitted to receive prizes from contests/drawings.

Winners will have one week to reply with valid contact information.  If I don’t receive a response, the prize will go to another forum member.

Make sure you don’t miss out on the prize announcement or other exciting news by subscribing to Photography Bay’s free news feed.

Special Thanks:

Mark Jenkinson for authoring a solid book.

Penguin Group (USA), Inc. for providing the copies of The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Photography Essentials for this giveaway.

PS: If you would like to sponsor a contest/giveaway on Photography Bay, please email us at contact [at] photographybay.com

Get $50 in Amazon Cash from Coolest Gadgets

Coolest Gadgets is running a new Coolest Gadget of the Week Contest. By voting in the contest and commenting on the post, you get a chance to win a $50 Amazon voucher for whatever you want to spend it on.

Photography Bay’s recent review on the Lensbaby 2.0 and 3G is featured as the source for the Lensbabies. However, don’t vote for the Lensbabies just because Photography Bay sent you there. Take a look at all the gadgets and see which one you think is the coolest.

Then, vote in the poll at the bottom of the post and leave a comment with a valid email address so Coolest Gadgets knows how to contact you if you win the $50 Amazon certificate.

Free Copy of Portrait Professional 8

DIYPhotography.net 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 DIYPhotography.net.

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.

Never Stop Exploring Challenge

To celebrate their 40th anniversary, the North Face is sponsoring a photography contest in partnership with Brickfish. The deadline is only three days away — July 7.

To enter, all you need to do is submit a photograph of yourself “posing triumphantly” — standing on a mountain’s summit, completing a trail run, pulling an extreme stunt or setting out your next big expedition. The winning photographer receives a complete gear package from The North Face. Other prizes include North Face gift cards.

To enter, submit a photo through the Brickfish website. To have a good shot at winning, you’ll need to ask a few friends to visit Brickfish and vote for your entry.

Pregnancy Photos Contest

Parents.com 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 Parents.com 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 Parents.com 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 Parents.com 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 ( www.meredith.com ) 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 Parents.com below.

Press Release

Enter Your Pregnant Belly Photos and Pictures of Pregnant Bellies into the Parents.com 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 – Parents.com 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 http://www.parents.com/bump-contest and upload your pregnant belly pictures.

Liz Zack, Executive Editor of Parents.com, 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 Parents.com:

Parents.com (http://www.parents.com/) 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, Parents.com 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.