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21 Jun 2006 - 8:28 PM

Need to vent something..

Following my announcement here a few days ago that I had won a compeition and even though they have announced it and put the winning entries on their web site, the organisers have called me today to tell me I am disqualified.

According to them the quality of my entry and the fact that I have a web site led them to the conclusion that I am a professional photographer. Which I am not.

Regardless of this, the terms did not state no professionals and 'strangely' have been changed today.

And even though they stated that the judges decision was final and no correspondance would be entered into, apparently some of the entrants had contacted them after the results were announced saying it was unfair about the quality of my entry and "not a level playing field". So the judges changed their mind...

What's that all about then, huh?

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ejtumman  102756 forum posts England
21 Jun 2006 - 8:30 PM

Thats a bummer..... and quite unfair....

However..... you could always take it as a very huge compliment ;-D


21 Jun 2006 - 8:37 PM

Quite unfair indeed, Emma.
Not much of a compliment when I don't get the prize though

lobsterboy Site Moderator 1014137 forum postslobsterboy vcard United Kingdom13 Constructive Critique Points
21 Jun 2006 - 8:39 PM

Threaten them with legal action Wink

21 Jun 2006 - 8:39 PM

That seems very unfair.

I'm feel for you

Angie x

ejtumman  102756 forum posts England
21 Jun 2006 - 8:39 PM

Just think of all the publicity you could create for yourself over this.......

..... and how many prints you could sell from it. You could even go pro ;-P

u08mcb  105817 forum posts
21 Jun 2006 - 8:40 PM

Take em to court Smile

Or as Emma hints, take em to the papers Smile

answersonapostcard Site Moderator 1012603 forum postsanswersonapostcard vcard United Kingdom15 Constructive Critique Points
21 Jun 2006 - 8:43 PM

Er, are you allowed the change the rules of a competition just like that? Seems very unfair.

21 Jun 2006 - 8:50 PM

Significant legal action sounds like the best way to me.
Have considered going to the local paper too as that's where it was originally advertised.

I didn't think they could that either, K

u08mcb  105817 forum posts
21 Jun 2006 - 8:51 PM

Keep us updated, nothing like hearing cheats getting their comeuppance Smile

deegee  9181 forum posts United Kingdom
21 Jun 2006 - 8:53 PM

Sorry to hear that Paul....too good for your own good!

Post a link to their website and I'll mob 'em for ya Wink

albi  1068 forum posts England1 Constructive Critique Points
21 Jun 2006 - 8:55 PM

Well out of order and illegal imo, go to your local paper and give them hell.

21 Jun 2006 - 8:55 PM

Their decision is final........ Wouldn't bother.

scott_c  884 forum posts
21 Jun 2006 - 8:57 PM

Terrible, you need to complain, can't let them get away with it.


21 Jun 2006 - 8:59 PM

Colin, you're correct their decision is final. And their decision was that I won and now they've changed their mind.
So is it finally final now?

The way they have handled it is the most annoying part of it. The guy that I spoke to today said that I could still go the awards ceremony and he'd buy me a beer and we could have a laugh about it and forget about it.

Cheeky arse

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