Photo contest pitfalls

May 31, 2018  •  Leave a Comment

Saltwater Crocodile - Crocodylus porosusSaltwater Crocodile - Crocodylus porosusThe saltwater crocodile (Crocodylus porosus), also known as the estuarine crocodile, Indo-Pacific crocodile, marine crocodile, sea crocodile or informally as saltie, is the largest of all living reptiles, as well as the largest riparian predator in the world. Males of this species can reach sizes up to 6.30 m (20.7 ft) and possibly up to 7.0 m (23.0 ft) in length. However, an adult male saltwater crocodile rarely reaches or exceeds a size of 6 m (19.7 ft) weighing 1,000 to 1,200 kg (2,200–2,600 lb). Females are much smaller and often do not surpass 3 m (9.8 ft).
As its name implies, this species of crocodile can live in marine environments, but usually resides in saline and brackish mangrove swamps, estuaries, deltas, lagoons, and lower stretches of rivers. They have the broadest distribution of any modern crocodile, ranging from the eastern coast of India throughout most of Southeast Asia and northern Australia.
The saltwater crocodile is a large and opportunistic hypercarnivorous apex predator. Most prey are ambushed and then drowned or swallowed whole. It is capable of prevailing over almost any animal that enters its territory, including other apex predators such as sharks, varieties of freshwater and marine fish including pelagic species, invertebrates such as crustaceans, various reptiles, birds and mammals, including humans. Due to their size, aggression and distribution, saltwater crocodiles are regarded as the most dangerous extant crocodilian to humans, alongside the Nile crocodile.

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Have you ever thought of participating in a photo contest?

If so, have you read the terms and conditions?

Too many amateur, enthusiasts and semi-pro photographers don’t. 

Did you know that it is quite common that you sign away your copyright when entering those contests? 

Which means, many promotions, competitions state that all rights to the submitted photo go to the organisers. With the entry to the competition and agreeing to the terms, you sign your copy right away. You are not allowed anymore to publish your photo on your personal social media platform or anywhere else. Unless otherwise stated in the terms and conditions. The company owning your photo can legally pursue you for copyright infringement even though you are the person creating the photo.

Competition organisers do this quite often to gain access to ‘free’ images. This will give them hundreds of images they don’t have to source from image stock agencies for future use.

So next time you are interested in a competition, read the terms and conditions especially the paragraph about copyright and ownership.

You can read more about Australian Copyright Laws in my upcoming February blog. Why not subscribing to my alert email below and be the first reading all about photography copyright.

(I am not a lawyer and this is only a reminder to be careful what you agreeing to. I am not taking any responsibility for any actions you may take after reading this.)

Useful links: Photo Watchdog


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