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Don't Lose Rights In Competitions

Don't Lose Rights In Competitions - Spend an evening learning how to avoid pitfalls when entering competitions.

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Pro imaging logoYou are invited to attend an evening presentation that will tell you how to protect your rights when entering competitions. The evening will include presentations from four experts in their field, a solicitor, an award-winning photographer and two competition organisers, who will give you an overview of the legal framework, and how to avoid pitfalls when entering competitions.

A representative of Pro-Imaging will discuss their campaign against rights grabs in the small print of competitions and the clauses of their ‘Bill of Rights', a checklist designed to differentiate fair from unfair competitions.

Topics that will be discussed are:

  • How to decide which competition is right for you
  • Do you have to clear all rights before submitting works to competitions?
  • What to look out for in terms and conditions (the small print)
  • Introduction into copyright issues surrounding competitions
  • What's in it for the organisers of competitions
  • Examples of fair competitions
The event will be held on the 9th of September in The October Gallery on Old Gloucester Street in London and it will run from 6-9pm.

Speakers include:

Nicola Solomon, Finers Stephens Innocent
Nicola is acknowledged as one of the country's leading lawyers on law relating to photography. Nicola has many years of experience advising on all aspects of intellectual property for photographers including contracts, copyright, agency agreements, defamation, privacy, etc. She advises the British Association of Picture Libraries and Agencies, as well as numerous photographers, picture libraries and publishers. http://www.fsilaw.co.uk

Gordon C Harrison
Gordon is a landscape photographer, specialising in the Scottish North-west Highlands selling fine art prints and various other photographic products via his website and through a range of outlets and galleries on the Scottish west coast. This has been his business since 1994 and prior to that he designed and wrote software for 25 years.

In 2005, Gordon became a member of Pro-Imaging, a web based international support & campaigning organisation for professional photographers, and in 2007, became a member of the Pro-Imaging management team. In 2007, Gordon proposed mounting a campaign against rights grabbing competitions. Since then he has helped Pro-Imaging construct a foundation for the campaign, the Bill of Rights, which was implemented in March 2008. He is also involved in the day-to-day operation and liaison with contest organisers and the media.

Chris Coe
Since turning professional in 1992, Chris has photographed landscapes, people, architecture, gardens, travel destinations and wildlife around the world. Most of his work is commissioned for specific advertising and editorial projects, or for stock libraries. He has shot over 40 travel and coffee table books and undertakes commissions for a wide range of major multinational companies. His images have been widely published in newspapers, magazines and books, and his book ‘The Art of Landscape Photography' is a widely-used reference work.

In 2003, Chris founded the now prestigious international Travel Photographer of the Year awards. As a working professional it was Chris's objective to create awards, which provided a showcase for the best contemporary photography whilst respecting the photographers' copyright. He has taken a stand on copyright abuse and the more recently unrestricted licenses which make so many photographic competitions little more than a rights grab.

With his perspective on photographic competitions from both sides of the fence he is able to bring together the rights grab issue from both perspectives. http://www.chriscoe.com

The panel is chaired by: Nick Dunmur

Nick is a commercial and advertising photographer who is based in Nottingham. Nick works for a number of national and international agency, direct clients and has been fully involved with digital since 2000.

Nick became involved with Pro-Imaging from its inception in 2004 as the duty list mum alongside the list-owners. The management team has grown as Pro-Imaging's activity has increased and Nick is now the Pro-Imaging representative on the newly-formed British Photographic Council (a coalition of all the major photographic trade bodies in the UK). In addition, Nick is a director of the Association of Photographers.

Other speakers to be confirmed.


Up to 120 people can attend.

Click here to book now.

Note that to book your place at this event through the link supplied you must be a registered member of Own-it. If you are not a registered member of Own-it it is very easy to register, free, and having done so, as a creative business you will be entitled to free legal advice from the team of legal specialists who provide this service through Own-it.

You can register as an Own-it member here.

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Suggestion Team: Can these presenters be cajoled/coersed into doing a precised version for ePHOTOzine TV? (Smile) There are a whole bunch of members that could benefit from this and with only 120 seat available - and in London only ...

Just a thought Wink

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Thanks Nikky.
Hello, Just to let you know the event will be filmed and they have said ePHOTOzine can have a copy for you all to watch. Should be with us a couple of weeks after the event.

Excellent news Nikita. This (hopefully) will benefit so many people. Thank you.


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