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Apparently I'm now a professional

paulstefan 13 509 1 United Kingdom
21 Jun 2006 8:28PM
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 14 2.8k England
21 Jun 2006 8:30PM
Thats a bummer..... and quite unfair....

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

paulstefan 13 509 1 United Kingdom
21 Jun 2006 8:37PM
Quite unfair indeed, Emma.
Not much of a compliment when I don't get the prize though
lobsterboy Plus
14 14.9k 13 United Kingdom
21 Jun 2006 8:39PM
Threaten them with legal action Wink
beaniebabe 12 2.3k England
21 Jun 2006 8:39PM
That seems very unfair.

I'm feel for you

Angie x
ejtumman 14 2.8k England
21 Jun 2006 8:39PM
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 14 5.8k
21 Jun 2006 8:40PM
Take em to court Smile

Or as Emma hints, take em to the papers Smile
21 Jun 2006 8:43PM
Er, are you allowed the change the rules of a competition just like that? Seems very unfair.
paulstefan 13 509 1 United Kingdom
21 Jun 2006 8:50PM
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 14 5.8k
21 Jun 2006 8:51PM
Keep us updated, nothing like hearing cheats getting their comeuppance Smile
deegee 13 181 United Kingdom
21 Jun 2006 8:53PM
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 13 68 1 England
21 Jun 2006 8:55PM
Well out of order and illegal imo, go to your local paper and give them hell.
User_Removed 13 4.9k England
21 Jun 2006 8:55PM
Their decision is final........ Wouldn't bother.
scott_c 12 84
21 Jun 2006 8:57PM
Terrible, you need to complain, can't let them get away with it.

paulstefan 13 509 1 United Kingdom
21 Jun 2006 8:59PM
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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