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Photographers unite - The fight for photography rights is going global.

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pro imaging logoThe fight for rights has now gone global with competitions from America, Canada and Italy now featuring on Pro-imaging's rights off list.

Way back in March ePHOTOzine highlighted the campaign which was launched to stop the sponsors and organisers of photographic competitions automatically receiving full rights to the images entered into contests. Since then, the campaign has gone from strength to strength.

"We are really encouraged by the support from the photographic community," said one of Pro- imaging's campaigners Gordon Harrison.

The Canadian Geographic 24th Annual Photo Contest, Canadian Geographic Wildlife Photography of the Year and the Philadelphia First Person Arts' Impressions Competition are some examples of the none UK competitions that are now featuring on the rights off list. Pro-imaging decided that all three competitions should feature on the list as they do not state a duration of free usage, they do not state that the photos will always be credited and they also say commercial usage can be made of the photos but there is no time limit on this either.

"For years they have buried all of this information in the small print and we feel more photographers need to know exactly what the terms and conditions say," said Gordon.

The site now has worldwide contributors who are both amateur and professional photographers. The contributors have highlighted competitions in the Philippines, Malaysia and New Zealand all of which Pro-imaging have or will be looking into.

"The contributors simply use our competition form to tell us what the contest is, the URL for the rules, and they often add their own comments about the contest. When we receive these notices we add the contest to the queue of contests that are still to be processed by us, and if we have time we always try and thank the contributor."

For more information about which competitions feature on the rights off list, visit pro-imaging's website.

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