So I was on Facebook (if you can imagine that). I see a post that makes reference to a photography contest. With me seeing so many of them that were fakes I went to the page to see what it was about. At first it looked legitimate.
I first noticed it was being put on by The Commercial Appeal.
I was looking around on that site, about to upload images that I saved for the web. What I noticed was this requirement that said you couldn’t have watermarks on or borders around your images. I went on and uploaded an image. Right after that, I saw they needed to be approved. Right above the image, it showed the maximum size YOUR image could be if it were printed. That seemed to click with why they didn’t want borders or signatures. So they’re selling the images you upload too?
Did I forget the part where they mentioned that the work (if voted high enough on) would possibly be put into a book for them to sell?
This goes along with a lot the media outlets are doing these days. They just want free work. Upload pictures from your cell phones, they love it since they don’t have to pay a staff photographer.
And in the same aspect, they’re selling images and some of these will definitely be in a book they’re selling. Nowhere on that site did I see anything that said the photographers would be compensated or given credit for anything they submitted.
I removed my account and made sure I didn’t have anything uploaded to those thieves.
I recommend dodging the Capture Memphis “contest”.
Here is the site URL: http://www.capturememphis.com