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Photo contest: Enter for a chance to win $5,000

By dpreview staff on Sep 26, 2012 at 19:59 GMT

What does the word connect mean to you?

Share your vision with us through our photo contest: Enter for your chance to win a grand prize of $5,000!

The handheld 35 millimeter camera was an indispensable photographic tool through most of the 20th century — mobile devices with cameras and camera/smart technology hybrids have similarly ushered in a new era of photography for the 21st century. Most of us now carry a camera of some kind with us at all times, and through photo-sharing apps and online social networks we are are able to share our images with larger audiences than ever before. How does this changing, more mobile landscape of photography affect how we connect with one another? 

Enter our photo contest for a chance to win a grand prize of $5,000.

Comments

Total comments: 130
Wildbegonia
By Wildbegonia (Oct 10, 2012)

Anyways, look not too far, DP allows discriminatory rules within its challenges, allowing hosts to fence out participants and so only winners in previous DP challenges are allow to participate. Discrimination is the result of a philosophy of thinking.

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Wildbegonia
By Wildbegonia (Oct 10, 2012)

If DP would have been operating in another country, less say UK, this limiting laws wouldn't apply and the contest could have had more chances of been 'International'

0 upvotes
Wildbegonia
By Wildbegonia (Oct 10, 2012)

I believe DP follows the laws of the country where it operates, in this case USA, which indeed its laws on contest excludes Cuba, Iran, North Korea, Burma, the Province of Quebec in Canada, and some States of the United States (for some of these States have their own laws regarding gaming). So check it out before you enter. Even the so mighty and so 'international' National Geographic applies this law for its Photography Contest. Photography is international, not so much humans or countries for that matter.

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TeriAnn
By TeriAnn (Oct 9, 2012)

I am very new to this site and have uploaded a photo for the contest. Is there a place on the site to see the photos that have been submitted?

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stern
By stern (Oct 8, 2012)

uploading a picture is unfortunately impossible:
"please wait, submitting"
followed all your rules (size, acceptance of terms of trade etc.) - but the beachball keeps on spinning.... any advice? i don't seem to be the only one around here having probs with your upload-form. I use a MacBook with the most current OS, Flash updated.

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stern
By stern (Oct 8, 2012)

this may come as some help for Mac-users: what I depicted above was when using Safari - Safari just didn't work. I switched to the Camino-browser (open source and free) and was able to upload the picture within 10 seconds. Whatever the reason, Apple or dpreview might look into this issue. Hope to have been of some help at least to the Mac-community.

2 upvotes
magneto shot
By magneto shot (Oct 9, 2012)

hmm i downloaded camino....now 5 minutes i am still having the same issue....could it be timing specific....

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vista77
By vista77 (Oct 9, 2012)

i can write again - i was using three difrent computers, with win7 Vista and XP and on each one two browsers IE and Chrome and two files with the same results SO PROBLEM IS NOT ON THE USER SIDE (file,comp conf, browser).

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stern
By stern (Oct 10, 2012)

Try Firefox. In my case - though on Mac - the Mozilla-based Camino browser seemed to work.

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magneto shot
By magneto shot (Oct 8, 2012)

i tried submitting in chrome....hung at "please wait..." . Started Safari...and still hung....

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Samuel Cochrane
By Samuel Cochrane (Oct 7, 2012)

I apologise if this is an ultra silly question (dpreview) - Can i shoot on film & scan it?

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GustavoGiacomin
By GustavoGiacomin (Oct 10, 2012)

They say you can shoot from a smartphone or a DSLR, use as much or as little editing as you want... guess rules ain't very strict, and I really think it's ok to do what you asked.

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KodaChrome25
By KodaChrome25 (Oct 6, 2012)

Connect means having a connection to reality... something a lot of commenters here seem to lack.

The photographers appear to have disappeared, replaced by armchair attorneys and paralegals, who may have, or maybe not have, stayed at a HI Express last night.

Thanks DPR, Simon, et. al. for all you do.

1 upvote
WS Cheng
By WS Cheng (Oct 6, 2012)

I converted my image into Jpep file in CS5 and posed the image for the contest, but I was advised that my image is not in a valid format. Would anyone can tell me the reason? Thanks.

Comment edited 1 minute after posting
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GustavoGiacomin
By GustavoGiacomin (Oct 10, 2012)

"JPEG", you mean, right?
Are you sure you didn't accidentally convert to "JPEG 2000" (.jpx or something, I believe)?

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vista77
By vista77 (Oct 4, 2012)

there's no way to add pictures
this is example of valid jpg picture http://i47.tinypic.com/auw0es.jpg
pls try to add it and inform me if you can/can't
I was trying several pictures from several computers and there's always only hang and in MSInternetExpl you have red information - The file you selected does not appear to be a valid JPEG image.
In Chrome script only hang with Please wait submitting

so admin - what is the problem? asking again

0 upvotes
stern
By stern (Oct 8, 2012)

Try something like Firefox. On the Mac you have similar problems with the mainstream browser (Safari). On Mac the Camino-browser works; since Firefox is quite similar (I'm not a programmer, thus take this with a grain of salt), check something Mozilla-like, that is Firefox.

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Nick Thomas
By Nick Thomas (Oct 4, 2012)

"The file you selected does not appear to be a valid JPEG image"
I have the same problem here help please..

1 upvote
drpix
By drpix (Oct 3, 2012)

I am trying to submitt a photo and get this message:
"The file you selected does not appear to be a valid JPEG image"
What t..h...?
My photo is a standard JPEG, the type I´ve submitted in years.

1 upvote
nawknai
By nawknai (Sep 30, 2012)

Are DPReview users incapable of just enjoying this contest? DPReview needs permission to display the winning photo after the contest. They're not claiming ownership of any photo entered into the contest, nor are they going to steal your soul.

Just enter if you want to. If you're so worried, then don't enter it.

0 upvotes
stern
By stern (Sep 30, 2012)

Hmm still deciding between 2 pictures. One is completely without humans, the other contains three of them, all three unknown to me... one person shows his back (no face) and the other two are reasonably motion-blurred. Of course it was not possible to receive written consent from them (as the contest rules stipulate). What would you propose as we are allowed only one entry?

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Deleted pending purge
By Deleted pending purge (Oct 7, 2012)

Avoid humans = avoid problems. Easy. :)

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stern
By stern (Oct 8, 2012)

o.k. i'll heed your advice! lets see if the non-human is a winner...
;-)

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stern
By stern (Sep 30, 2012)

moved posting to the correct position (on Quebec)

Comment edited 2 minutes after posting
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doto41
By doto41 (Sep 30, 2012)

The consent of the people in the shot is a serious handicap for all street shooters, especially for shots taken before the announcement of the contest. I understand that taking shots on the street is still allowed in most countries, and there are millions of such shots on the net and on DPR too, so unless this rule is modified, many, myself included, won't be able to participate. I think it also goes afgainst the logic of the theme of modern connectivity.

2 upvotes
Deleted pending purge
By Deleted pending purge (Oct 7, 2012)

There seems to be one solution open to street photography. You might try to "anonymize" street-taken human subjects in a way as to make them completely unrecognizable. Add / remove moustaches, sideburns, sunglasses, clothing details... also streetsigns and other ambiental pinpointing elements...
If you then keep the original image as a proof, nobody should have any problem with Model Release Forms etc.
DPR, would that work?

0 upvotes
Paul S Churcher
By Paul S Churcher (Sep 30, 2012)

Far out folks, it's a contest! It has been offered in good faith.....enter it in good faith :-) Everybody has a choice to enter it or not....there is way too much criticism in this world. DPreview you offer a great website, with very interesting and accurate facts about Photographic gear, and I cannot believe how unbiased you are when writing reviews, etc. I never write in these forums, but I just wanted to pay credit to you guys, I have been in the industry of selling cameras for 34 years and taking photos for 42 years....you are the one site I can trust to keep me informed about what is going on in the world of camera gear. How good is the stuff we are now getting to use to capture moments in time? JUST AWESOME!!!

1 upvote
stern
By stern (Sep 28, 2012)

Just curious: whats going on in Quebec? "The Contest and these Official Rules are void in Quebec ."
Cheers
Stern

0 upvotes
Jack Simpson
By Jack Simpson (Sep 29, 2012)

I think Quebec has different /_*gaming*_/ laws than the rest of Canada.

0 upvotes
tigrebleu
By tigrebleu (Sep 29, 2012)

Indeed, Québec has different laws regarding games, contests, etc. For these reasons, most contests held in the whole country or in the U.S. / Canada prefer to void the contest in Québec than to adapt it entirely to abide to the different laws, as it is much, much easier. Quite unfortunate for us, les Québécois. :(

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stern
By stern (Sep 30, 2012)

well, as a consolation, here is a "connect"-picture (no. not the one I uploaded for the contest) from Quebec.
;-)
http://sternbild.zenfolio.com/p908515190/h4510796c#h4510796c

0 upvotes
Wildbegonia
By Wildbegonia (Oct 10, 2012)

I believe DP follows the laws of the country where it operates, in this case USA, which indeed its laws on contest excludes Cuba, Iran, North Korea, Burma, the Province of Quebec in Canada, and some States of the United States (for some of these States have their own laws regarding gaming). So check it out before you enter. Even the so mighty and so 'international' National Geographic applies this law for its Photography Contest. Photography is international, not so much humans or countries for that matter.

If DP would have been operating in another country, less say UK, this limiting laws wouldn't apply and the contest could have had more chances of been 'International'

Anyways, look not too far, DP allows discriminatory rules within its challenges, allowing hosts to fence out participants and so only winners in previous DP challenges are allow to participate. Discrimination is the result of a philosophy of thinking born from nations with oppressive and repressive regimes.

0 upvotes
Jack Simpson
By Jack Simpson (Sep 28, 2012)

Simon, just to confirm, if we enter a pic, it becomes yours (DPR, IMDB,etc ...) . Is that correct?

Cheers,

Jack

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Simon Joinson
By Simon Joinson (Sep 29, 2012)

No it stays yours. We just get the right to use it

Comment edited 16 seconds after posting
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Jack Simpson
By Jack Simpson (Sep 30, 2012)

Thanks Simon, but:

You have the right to use it, but, only if it's amongst the selected winners, correct? Sorry to be a pain but I just want to be sure :)

Cheers,

Jack

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Simon Joinson
By Simon Joinson (Sep 30, 2012)

No, we also get the right to display all entries (if we want to)

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Jack Simpson
By Jack Simpson (Oct 1, 2012)

Magic .... thanks Simon :) Clear as mountain water :) Before, it was a tad more Thames(ish) ;D

Cheers and thanks again :)

Jack

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Desert Cruiser
By Desert Cruiser (Sep 28, 2012)

Simon: I entered and now wonder is my entry was what you had in mind. In my mind it was to connect with nature? Maybe I should photographed an iphone?

We'll see, and I would suggest that anyone that doesn't want their info taken here --- simple don't enter. It's really not a big deal anymore, your info is all over the Net now anyway.

Comment edited 30 seconds after posting
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Dan Wagner
By Dan Wagner (Sep 28, 2012)

Here are a few contest terms you may want to carefully consider:

"By entering the Contest, entrants consent to our collection, use and disclosure of their personal information for these purposes and also to potentially contact entrants for MARKETING PURPOSES (caps are mine)."

Oh goody -- so the contest company can make money selling our info to other companies who will fill our email boxes with more junk.

And

"By submitting an Entry, each entrant grants to Sponsor a royalty- free, sublicenseable right to use, reproduce, transmit, modify (as to size, format and color correction, only), and display the Photo on Sponsor’s Web site(s) or Sponsor’s pages on social media web sites, such as Facebook or Twitter, for marketing and promotional purposes in connection with Sponsor and/or the Contest."

There are quite a few more items in the terms section that I find less tasty than okra. DPrev commission on this?

Anyone else besides me tired of the unending proliferation of contests?

Comment edited 2 minutes after posting
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Simon Joinson
By Simon Joinson (Sep 28, 2012)

So it's up to you. Enter for the chance to win $5000 and agree that we can show the winning pictures on our website. If you want to win the $5000 but don't want us to be able to show people which picture won, then don't enter. There's nothing, literally zero, in these terms that suggests we can 'sell' (or give) your info to other companies, merely that we can show the pictures entered if we want. Complain as much as you want about anything we do, but please get your facts right.

1 upvote
Cy Cheze
By Cy Cheze (Sep 28, 2012)

To paraphrase Johnson, "He who is tired of contests is tired of life." Life's work consist of exchanging goods or services to earn one's keep. Millions spend scant pay to buy lottery tickets with poor odds. To exchange a photo for an outside chance to win $5,000 (and recognition). Most contests or sweepstakes exist for the sake of gathering names and address to support marketing. Contest objectives are far less cynical than the "job ads" one sees for plum opportunities that turn out to be non-existent, vastly over-subscribed, perhaps a way to get applicants to do free work as an "audition," or a front to build a database of potential clients.

Comment edited 14 seconds after posting
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bdewitt
By bdewitt (Sep 29, 2012)

Don't like the terms, but I disagree about okra!

1 upvote
jadmaister2
By jadmaister2 (Sep 28, 2012)

and is it to be judged in the same interesting manner in which the challenges are judged?????

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Simon Joinson
By Simon Joinson (Sep 28, 2012)

no

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HB1969
By HB1969 (Sep 28, 2012)

The deadline is listed as 11:59:59pm PT.
What's PT -which country? DPReview has an international audience, wouldn't it be easier to list at deadline time in GMT?

Comment edited 1 minute after posting
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Simon Joinson
By Simon Joinson (Sep 28, 2012)

Pacific Time

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vista77
By vista77 (Sep 28, 2012)

there's no way to add picture from Poland.
this is example of valid jpg picture http://i47.tinypic.com/auw0es.jpg
pls try to add it and inform me if you can/can't
I was trying several pictures from several computers and there's always only hang and in MSInternetExpl you have red information - The file you selected does not appear to be a valid JPEG image.
In Chrome script only hang with Please wait submitting

so admin - what is the problem?

1 upvote
Scott Everett
By Scott Everett (Sep 28, 2012)

Is the liked image the image you are trying to enter into the contest or just a sample image? For us to problem solve we need to see the actual file you are attempting to upload.

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vista77
By vista77 (Sep 29, 2012)

i was trying three pictures with the same results. so i made a sample and try it again (this linked picture) with the same problem. so you have sample i coudn't add - it should be helpful i think. waiting...

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Deleted pending purge
By Deleted pending purge (Oct 7, 2012)

Sometimes when special characters are used in picture titling (common in Polish, Hungarian, Croatian and similar languages), some programs or browsers have problems with it. Usually these try to interpret spec chars by other code, which actually changes the title. Maybe it was the case here. If so, just rename image using US-EN characters.
The problems with MS-IE and some other... just use FireFox. I've had zero problems with this browser.

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RonHendriks
By RonHendriks (Sep 27, 2012)

Okay, I entered.

1 upvote
groesbpa
By groesbpa (Sep 27, 2012)

I told a friend of mine from Iran about the restrictions on the contest for his country, and he said that if anyone there submitted a photo they could get into big trouble or arrested. So it's possibly not a restriction but a protection measure.

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GregGory
By GregGory (Sep 28, 2012)

No, it's the pathetic way of waging war against the poorest of the population through sanctions. It's the official embargo list, Cuba, Burma, North Korea etc...

1 upvote
Wildbegonia
By Wildbegonia (Oct 10, 2012)

I believe DP follows the laws of the country where it operates, in this case USA, which indeed its laws on contest excludes Cuba, Iran, North Korea, Burma, the Province of Quebec in Canada, and some States of the United States (for some of these States have their own laws regarding gaming). So check it out before you enter. Even the so mighty and so 'international' National Geographic applies this law for its Photography Contest. Photography is international, not so much humans or countries for that matter.

0 upvotes
Wildbegonia
By Wildbegonia (Oct 10, 2012)

Ah, and yes, If DP would have been operating in another country, less say UK, this limiting laws wouldn't apply and the contest could have had more chances of been 'International'

0 upvotes
Wildbegonia
By Wildbegonia (Oct 10, 2012)

Anyways, look not too far, DP allows discriminatory rules within its challenges, allowing hosts to fence out participants and so only winners in previous DP challenges are allow to participate. Discrimination is the result of a philosophy of thinking.

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Tape5
By Tape5 (Sep 27, 2012)

So where are these places in this world again, whose people need, more than anywhere else to CONNECT to the rest of humanity?

Right…..disconnect them at once. The whole 213,000,000 of them.

Ha… that is better….

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marcojffontes
By marcojffontes (Sep 27, 2012)

This is not "The Matrix"!

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Richard Weisgrau
By Richard Weisgrau (Sep 27, 2012)

I think the contest is a great idea, and that "Rules" are reasonable except that the requirement for a release from any person in a submitted photo. Personally, and the lawyers would argue against my point, I can't see why a release is necessary since the end use is a public display or publication that seems not to be either trade of advertising use. The required release will certainly be a handicap to anyone working on the street as so many do. How many times can you stop to explain what and why you are shooting the subject without just getting frustrated and misdirected? I would hope, with little expectation of success, that the release Rule would be changed.

1 upvote
Simon Joinson
By Simon Joinson (Sep 28, 2012)

I've asked for clarity on this from legal as i tend to agree with you.

2 upvotes
Kerry Pierce
By Kerry Pierce (Sep 29, 2012)

Thanks, Simon. Do you know where this clarification will be published, when you get an answer?

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Joseph Gerges
By Joseph Gerges (Sep 27, 2012)

I find it hard to connect with images containing no people.
As much as I'd like to connect with the universe, I can't claim to own pictures of the universe as they all belong to NASA.
How can you get model releases from people in the street who are part of a larger happening?

1 upvote
BBViet
By BBViet (Sep 27, 2012)

The rules don't say anything about post-processing. To what degree can we manipulate our photos here? Light processing only or anything goes?

Comment edited 12 minutes after posting
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jkrumm
By jkrumm (Sep 27, 2012)

A couple questions... the rules say images cannot previously have been shown through any "media channels." I'm guessing they mean newspapers, magazines, and major websites where the image is featured in some way, but they could mean just putting it on Flickr. Can you clarify?

Also, it looks like the image can be from any time, not just taken after the contest started. Is that true?

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Scott Everett
By Scott Everett (Oct 8, 2012)

Correct, the image need not be taken after the launch of the contest. Mainly because there is no realistic way for us to verify this type of rule.

1 upvote
Wildbegonia
By Wildbegonia (Oct 10, 2012)

Like!

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vista77
By vista77 (Sep 27, 2012)

I can't add any picture...why? all of them are jpegs in right resolution...and the script seems to hang on - Please wait submitting... HELP!

0 upvotes
Earthlight
By Earthlight (Sep 27, 2012)

The official rules are a lawyer's dream I guess. What rights are left with the photographer?

The competition is a nice idea though.

1 upvote
Mapel
By Mapel (Sep 27, 2012)

It have to be in a square format? (It says minumun 600x600 max 2048x2048)

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Steven Blackwood
By Steven Blackwood (Sep 27, 2012)

They mean 2048 on the longest side.

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Radim Schreiber
By Radim Schreiber (Sep 27, 2012)

While reading through legal lingo, I cannot find a sentence, or sentence similar to this: "An entrant remains all the rights to his/her photograph". Can you comment on that?

3 upvotes
Simon Joinson
By Simon Joinson (Sep 27, 2012)

you will also find that there's nothing to suggest you give up your rights in the image. To be clear, you don't. You grant us the right to use it in connection with the contest and on dpreview (which covers us for displaying your image in association with the contest).

0 upvotes
Deleted pending purge
By Deleted pending purge (Oct 7, 2012)

You ALWAYS retain the Authoring rights, even when you sell your image for all possible uses. Those rights can't be transferred in any way. I think that legal part of this contest does not endanger authors in any way. Should you find your work used outside of context stated, consider your case won automatically.

0 upvotes
JEROME NOLAS
By JEROME NOLAS (Sep 27, 2012)

Can I enter a photo originally shot on B&W film and scanned or does it HAVE to be created by a digital camera? ThanKz

0 upvotes
StrokerAce23
By StrokerAce23 (Sep 27, 2012)

Dear internet people with concerns over the excluded countries.

Please search for "Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC)." There are other countries on the sanctions list than the ones excluded here, but it's probably an issue of not being able to send the winner the prize money if they live in one of those countries due to federal law.

I'd say it's preferable to know you're not elgible up front than to win and get the "Thanks for the great photo, but sorry we're not allowed to give you the prize because of where you live." email.

That would REALLY stoke the "this is just a grab for free images for commercial use" conspiracy.

4 upvotes
Wildbegonia
By Wildbegonia (Oct 10, 2012)

I believe DP follows the laws of the country where it operates, in this case USA, which indeed its laws on contest excludes Cuba, Iran, North Korea, Burma, the Province of Quebec in Canada, and some States of the United States (for some of these States have their own laws regarding gaming). So check it out before you enter. Even the so mighty and so 'international' National Geographic applies this law for its Photography Contest. Photography is international, not so much humans or countries for that matter.

If DP would have been operating in another country, less say UK, this limiting laws wouldn't apply and the contest could have had more chances of been 'International'

Anyways, look not too far, DP allows discriminatory rules within its challenges, allowing hosts to fence out participants and so only winners in previous DP challenges are allow to participate. Discrimination is the result of a philosophy of thinking born from nations with oppressive and repressive regimes.

Comment edited 2 times, last edit 6 minutes after posting
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John 3
By John 3 (Sep 27, 2012)

"Entrants may not be a national or legal permanent resident of any of the following countries: Burma, Cuba, Iran, North Korea, Sudan or Syria."

I guess DPReview wants these people to keep on the lookout for American drones and bombs instead of taking pictures. Safety first, I guess...

10 upvotes
matthias jurisch
By matthias jurisch (Sep 27, 2012)

I bet that the exclusion of these countries is not a DPR decision, but one made by Amazon (USA)...one would hope that photography and art knows no boundaries but sadly we have not reached that point yet...

2 upvotes
onlooker
By onlooker (Sep 27, 2012)

"guess DPReview wants these people to keep on the lookout for American drones and bombs instead of taking pictures"

Last time I looked, US was not involved militarily in any of those countries, but then, there is always some smart alec jackass who needs to drag everything into politics.

3 upvotes
Cy Cheze
By Cy Cheze (Sep 28, 2012)

Onlooker: Traffic with any of those countries, and the US will drag you or any other J.A., excepting certain Cuban Americans, to jail. It's federal law.

0 upvotes
Wildbegonia
By Wildbegonia (Oct 10, 2012)

I believe DP follows the laws of the country where it operates, in this case USA, which indeed its laws on contest excludes Cuba, Iran, North Korea, Burma, the Province of Quebec in Canada, and some States of the United States (for some of these States have their own laws regarding gaming). So check it out before you enter. Even the so mighty and so 'international' National Geographic applies this law for its Photography Contest. Photography is international, not so much humans or countries for that matter.

0 upvotes
Wildbegonia
By Wildbegonia (Oct 10, 2012)

Ah! and yes, If DP would have been operating in another country, less say UK, this limiting laws wouldn't apply and the contest could have had more chances of been 'International'

0 upvotes
Wildbegonia
By Wildbegonia (Oct 10, 2012)

Anyways, look not too far, DP allows discriminatory rules within its challenges, allowing hosts to fence out participants and so only winners in previous DP challenges are allow to participate. Discrimination is the result of a philosophy of thinking.

0 upvotes
IainD
By IainD (Sep 27, 2012)

Thanks, DP review. If people don't like the terms of the competition they can exercise their democratic right not to participate. I believe it is just a photo competition with a prize and fun with opportunity to be creative. Anything else is over thinking the situation. Have fun and chill

3 upvotes
saturnphotography
By saturnphotography (Sep 27, 2012)

Is this contest open to entrants from the UK? I couldn't see anything to say it wasn't.

0 upvotes
Scott Everett
By Scott Everett (Sep 27, 2012)

It is open to UK entries.

0 upvotes
John 3
By John 3 (Sep 27, 2012)

Yes. They are on 'our' side.

5 upvotes
antiq
By antiq (Sep 27, 2012)

Reading these comments, I wonder if dpreview is being too soft. I would delete and ban like half the people with unrelated and/or degrading comments. They are giving away money for a photography contest. Expert panel and not some rigged facebook poll. What could be better for a talented enthusiast who knows what he's doing? Thank you dpreview!

Stop whining and get shooting people.

8 upvotes
Joes Raw Talk
By Joes Raw Talk (Sep 27, 2012)

people have an entitlement to voice an opinion, even when it is unpopular.

Comment edited 59 seconds after posting
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GMart
By GMart (Sep 27, 2012)

If so then why post anything antiq....
Follow your own advice perhaps?

0 upvotes
vista77
By vista77 (Sep 27, 2012)

adding jpg images always appears - The file you selected does not appear to be a valid JPEG image. ofcs its jpg file so wtp?

1 upvote
vista77
By vista77 (Sep 27, 2012)

up! i can't add any picture...why? all of them are jpegs...and the script seems to hang on - Please wait submitting... HELP!

0 upvotes
mas54
By mas54 (Sep 27, 2012)

What an unphotographic theme for a photography contest!

1 upvote
Simon Joinson
By Simon Joinson (Sep 27, 2012)

really? in what way?

6 upvotes
Irridoc
By Irridoc (Sep 27, 2012)

Whah...............

0 upvotes
Jan2009
By Jan2009 (Sep 27, 2012)

Yippie, there is actually a panel of judge, so No Sandbagging or family member votes :)

Seriously now, how often will this contest run? is this a one time contest?

2 upvotes
Scott Everett
By Scott Everett (Sep 27, 2012)

We're gearing up to do more consistent contests headed into 2013, more to come.

2 upvotes
zakk9
By zakk9 (Sep 27, 2012)

The property/model release term indicates strongly that this is not really a photo competition, but a competition for photos specifically to be used for commercial marketing purposes.

Oh, and my Burmese friend can't participate. Not that she cares, but she does like to take photos. Can she be in the photo, I wonder...

Why don't you like people from Burma, dpr? Haven't they been through enough problems already? How is it OK that you discriminate upon them as well?

3 upvotes
Simon Joinson
By Simon Joinson (Sep 27, 2012)

it is not a competition for photos specifically to be used for commercial marketing purposes, they will only be used to promote the competition itself, on our site. The rules come from the lawyers at our parent company and are to protect us and make sure we are free to actually run the contest without being sued by those that enter or who are featured in the photos. We're photographers, we are not rights-grabbers. We just want to give someone $5000.

Comment edited 19 seconds after posting
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Barney Britton
By Barney Britton (Sep 27, 2012)

"By submitting an Entry, each entrant grants to Sponsor a royalty- free, sublicenseable right to use, reproduce, transmit, modify (as to size, format and color correction, only), and display the Photo on Sponsor’s Web site(s) or Sponsor’s pages on social media web sites, such as Facebook or Twitter, for marketing and promotional purposes in connection with Sponsor and/or the Contest".

This is in no way an attempt to gather photos to use for commercial purposes, we're reserving the right to use your images in connection with promotion of the competition, and related content. This is a standard condition in small-print for competitions like this.

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zakk9
By zakk9 (Sep 27, 2012)

I Henri Cartier Bresson had lawyers like yours, he wouldn't have had much of a carreer... lol

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Simon Joinson
By Simon Joinson (Sep 27, 2012)

such is the world we live in...

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Midnighter
By Midnighter (Sep 27, 2012)

No, Señor Joinson, thus have we made the world.

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zakk9
By zakk9 (Sep 27, 2012)

Such is the world you live in. On this side of the globe, and more than half of the world population live within the radius of a 5 hours flight from here, things look vastly different.

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maluka
By maluka (Sep 27, 2012)

I'm from egypt , and I from today I will rethink all the competitions I will enter , because if photography is such a race base job, then there is no use for it, because pictures are media , where is the freedom ? What are those countries going to show the world that make you so scared from them to talk ?? None of the Syrians ever thought of harming an Egyptian , but because they are supporting their government this competition is scared of getting punished if the truth came out, and the business of war got interrupted by the human rights of the same country..
I thought you as a professional photography website will have the guts to show the world as it is, turn out you're a media device covering under "legal" and "right" ..
Well , thanks for this competition , my eyes are more open and if there is some one from those countries want to use my name to submit something I will support him , because I want to know how they live their life as they describe it not as DPreview can or can't legally show them !!

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b534202
By b534202 (Sep 27, 2012)

This is probably because Burma (and North Korea, Cuba, etc on that list) have a lot of restrictions on transferring money into the country from US. I'm sure dpreview would rather not bother trying to send $5000 to the winner if it happens to be in those countries.

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Simon Joinson
By Simon Joinson (Sep 27, 2012)

this is simply because there's a cash prize and it's a US-based contest. It was not our decision. Sorry!

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zakk9
By zakk9 (Sep 27, 2012)

So US foreign policies decide who can participate in a dpreview contest. USA, "Land of the free", right? Good thing that there are photo competitions based in other, more democratic countries.

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Anepo
By Anepo (Sep 27, 2012)

@Simon Joinson That is outrageous! You want to give money away?! I am appalled sir.... just hand it over here and I will forgive you ;3 (a man's gotta own some prime's does he not? XD

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Bruce Edwards
By Bruce Edwards (Sep 27, 2012)

"So US foreign policies decide who can participate in a dpreview contest."
Of course! But it's not "just" foreign policy, it's the law. Just like the laws in whatever country you are in apply to you as well. Until Amazon or DPR makes the laws, any blame needs to be directed elsewhere, to the policymakers.

Transferring funds (of this amount) to the mentioned countries is illegal. Now it can be argued whether it should be legal or not, but I don't think this is the place to discuss that.

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zakk9
By zakk9 (Sep 27, 2012)

Yes, it's the law. The law of the United States of America. Many years ago, when dpreview was based in the UK, it was a website with a distinct international profile. Now, it's distinctly American. While that may make sense from a financial point of view, it makes me wonder what interests dpreview serves; those of its readers or those of its shareholders.

My diminishing interest in dpr and what it stands for has just reached a new low.

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Simon Joinson
By Simon Joinson (Sep 27, 2012)

this is one of the longest non sequiturs i've read in a long time. Our parent company is not allowed, by law, to send money to certain countries.

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zakk9
By zakk9 (Sep 27, 2012)

"this is one of the longest non sequiturs i've read in a long time."

Maybe there's a reason for that. Most civilised people don't like discrimination of groups who are not guilty of any wrongdoings and who cannot defend themselves against the discrimination. The fact that it's a law in the USA doesn't make it less discriminating.

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onlooker
By onlooker (Sep 27, 2012)

"Discrimination"?

Good God, man, get a grip on reality. This is not your right to vote. This is a private corporate event conducted by a foreign company according to the laws of their country. Get some sense of proportion.

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Wildbegonia
By Wildbegonia (Oct 10, 2012)

I believe DP follows the laws of the country where it operates, in this case USA, which indeed its laws on contest excludes Cuba, Iran, North Korea, Burma, the Province of Quebec in Canada, and some States of the United States (for some of these States have their own laws regarding gaming). So check it out before you enter. Even the so mighty and so 'international' National Geographic applies this law for its Photography Contest. Photography is international, not so much humans or countries for that matter.

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Wildbegonia
By Wildbegonia (Oct 10, 2012)

Anyways, look not too far, DP allows discriminatory rules within its challenges, allowing hosts to fence out participants and so only winners in previous DP challenges are allow to participate in its challenges. Discrimination is the result of a philosophy of thinking and state of mind.

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MaRcIu
By MaRcIu (Sep 26, 2012)

Connect means nokia

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Steven Blackwood
By Steven Blackwood (Sep 26, 2012)

This contest is not going to get many entries because of the onerous rules regarding getting permission from identifiable persons in the photo.
"May I 'connect' with you? Yes? Well, first sign this release. It's for a contest. The prize? The grand prize is $5000. What? You want a cut if I win? Well, I guess I needn't 'connect' with you. Next?"
Yeah, this contest wil get lots of entries.

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jquagga
By jquagga (Sep 26, 2012)

Well, that's just part of the challenge. I think the easy solution is, don't use people. I think the "never been shared in a media channel" is a bit harder for me as I share the photos I like most. But that gives me an excuse to get out and try and build something new.

Of course if all of the talented folks here don't want to enter and we just have to settle for my "OK" shot as the winner I'll have to deal with that. :).

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cjhwang
By cjhwang (Sep 27, 2012)

most "professional" level photo constests/submissions I've seen require signed release of all "models" in the shot. This is not a "win the new Olympus XZ-2" contest by a fan/review site.

it's part of the gig, especially since the "winning" photos will be used for marketing the contest/prize/site, they can't have a random person come up and say "wait, I never gave permission for someone to take a candid shot of me and put it in a contest"

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Anepo
By Anepo (Sep 27, 2012)

This is where cats are the answer, or heck send a photo of two dogs sniffing each others butt, they are connecting technicly XD HEHEHE! Also 500$ my way please if you do :p I need the money I don't have a penny to my name hehehe.

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OneGuy
By OneGuy (Sep 26, 2012)

I have a couple of bystanders in the photo who fit in nicely because they have a surprise reaction. I did not get their consent -- they were part of a group of people and i did not even see them when I was taking pics in quick sequence.

Well, according to the rules I have to get their consent but they are long gone.

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Samuel Dilworth
By Samuel Dilworth (Sep 26, 2012)

Is $5,000 grand a million or a typo?

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tkbslc
By tkbslc (Sep 26, 2012)

The prize is grand, not the $5,000.

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Samuel Dilworth
By Samuel Dilworth (Sep 26, 2012)

You're right, tkbslc. That's a grand prize!

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aardvark7
By aardvark7 (Sep 26, 2012)

You couldn't make that £5000 could you? I mean, you were British once...

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tkbslc
By tkbslc (Sep 26, 2012)

Just for you, they might offer a prize of £3000

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jsandjs
By jsandjs (Sep 26, 2012)

Connection emphasizes the precious time, that is NOW.

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wetracy
By wetracy (Sep 27, 2012)

I had no idea this ragtag bunch had $5K they could just give away. What a surprise! I always saw this as a little shoestring operation.

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aardvark7
By aardvark7 (Sep 27, 2012)

To Wetracy,

This 'ragtag bunch' have been owned, lock stock and barrel, by Amazon for some long while now, so $5000 is small change!

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