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Google Launches Student Photography Competition via Google+

By dpreview staff on Nov 11, 2011 at 21:54 GMT

Google has launched a worldwide photography competition for student photographers. The 'Google Photography Prize' will be hosted on Google+ - the search giant's social networking service. Prizes will be awarded by a jury of photography professionals, including curators at London's Saatchi gallery. Over 100 Samsung Galaxy Nexus phones will be given away as prizes during the competition, and 10 finalists will have their work showcased at the Saatchi Gallery in London for two months. In addition, the grand prize winner will be sent on a once-in-a-lifetime photographic trip to a destination of their choice, in the company of a 'professional photography coach'.

According to Google, more than 3.5 billion photographs were uploaded to Google+ in the first 100 days of its existence. To put this in context, Facebook reports that its users upload more than 250 million photographs per day – 25 billion every 100 days. Unsurprisingly, by entering the competition, entrants to The Google Photography Prize grant Google and its affiliates the right to use their images for the purposes of promotion and advertising for both The Google Photography Prize and the Google+ service.

Click here to read more about the Google Photography Prize.

Comments

Total comments: 17
matt lit
By matt lit (Nov 18, 2011)

I have suggested other forums and on facebook and of my photography students:

DO NOT ENTER THIS COMPETITION.

Based upon Google's Terms and Conditions your image copyright is being grabbed by Google. The language in the terms is a clear grab. And now Google is encouraging the upload of high-resolution images.

IF YOU USE GOOGLE TO HOST YOUR IMAGES - OR SUBMIT IMAGES FOR THIS COMPETITION - GOOGLE GETS THE COPYRIGHT. Period. They can claim what they want, but the language in the T&C overrules all.

from somewhere on colorado's continental divide...

nikonfotomatt
http://blog.LITfoto.com
http://LITfoto.com

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paulwright
By paulwright (Nov 15, 2011)

I've just read a published a report about Google+
Not only does it remove all metadata including copyright information, it can falsely represent who created the images uploaded to it. Nasty, naughty.....

http://artists-bill-of-rights.org/news/campaign-news/google%2B-deletes-copyright-metadata/

My feeling is that this greatly lessens the value of Google+. Are you really going to post images in this competition?

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matt lit
By matt lit (Nov 18, 2011)

YES YES YES YES YES!!! Nice to know someone else out there is reading the T&C's from these contests and websites!

Nice job!

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jmmgarza
By jmmgarza (Nov 14, 2011)

I would like the Samsung Galaxy Nexus phones, but don't care for Google+.

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Fero Bednar
By Fero Bednar (Nov 12, 2011)

Any idea why Quebec residents are excluded from entries?

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D1N0
By D1N0 (Nov 12, 2011)

I Guess Quebec is in the axis of evil

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vlad003
By vlad003 (Nov 14, 2011)

Quebec's got strict laws and restrictions regarding contests, and a lot of companies don't want to bother spending the resources to comply, so they just write "void in Quebec".

More: http://contests.about.com/od/sweepstakes101/f/VoidinQuebec.htm

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bilgiasayarkursu
By bilgiasayarkursu (Nov 12, 2011)

How do I make my profile is suspended

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spoorthy
By spoorthy (Nov 12, 2011)

Why not students younger tan 18? Still havent found any comeptions for students younger than 18

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dmora
By dmora (Nov 14, 2011)

Because students under 18 aren't legally adults in the USA where google is based, and can not enter into contracts, which will probably be required of the winner for traveling over seas, having your work in a gallery, or other logistical things adults do.

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matt lit
By matt lit (Nov 11, 2011)

POSTED THIS ON FB PAGE, ALSO.

Sorry to be the buzzkill here, but I would like to see this addressed. Google claims it will not exploit copyright, but the overall Google terms and conditions allow enough gray language to overrule this. I try to educate my students to beware of language like this.

Character limit doesn't allow for my full post of Google terms, so please see fb page.

https://www.facebook.com/pages/dpreviewcom-Digital-Photography-Review/77409488739

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erpguy
By erpguy (Nov 12, 2011)

"Do No Evil"... ;)

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D1N0
By D1N0 (Nov 12, 2011)

I don not believe you are sorry. Not for 1 qubit.

Comment edited 16 seconds after posting
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DioCanon
By DioCanon (Nov 12, 2011)

That's also what my tutors teach me!

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M Jesper
By M Jesper (Nov 12, 2011)

These 'competitions' never really are just that. The idea of a prize was fun and all when i was a kid, but now that i know how it all works- no thanks.

Comment edited 21 seconds after posting
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Igor_Sorkin
By Igor_Sorkin (Nov 12, 2011)

I'm curious... How does it work?

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Astro8
By Astro8 (Nov 11, 2011)

I'll give it a try

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