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01/06/2006 04:10:03 AM · #1
I've had a couple of emails from picture.com in the past about their conference in Vegas but didn't take to much notice and it seemed a bit far fetched that I would get some award...
I now got a letter in the post though (I entered one of their contests a few months ago online) telling me I've made the semi-final and that if I sent of a note of censent I will be published in a book as well. there is no obligation to buy a book... the letter was dated November 24, 2005, so maybe I'm too late to be included in the book anyway... but I'm not sure what to do... I suppose I could give concent without ordering a book (at $70) and if it turns out to be for real buy a book later at $90...?
any ideas or previous experiences with these guys?
any comments much appreciated!
Ingrid.
01/06/2006 04:21:47 AM · #2
Well I've had nothing to do with picture.com and really can't say if they are legitimate or not, however based on what you've just told us, I would get a phone number and call them personally for your own piece of mind first. Then a letter of consent would be ok but bear in mind you may be giving up your copyright to them. Then last you can always get the book.
If you have a made a semi-final in any case that's great and congratulations !

-Lisa
01/06/2006 04:28:27 AM · #3
They are a publication scam, basically. A similar one has been around for a long time in poetry. EVERYONE is a semifinalist, and as far as I know publication goes to those who preorder books. It's just a way of making money off people who long to have their work "published".

Here's a link to a discussion of this on another site.

Robt.
01/06/2006 04:29:02 AM · #4
Its been my experience that most things like this are basically just "scams" to get you to buy the books. I've seen alot of them targeted to photographers, short story/poem writers, and parents of high school kids.
01/06/2006 04:29:12 AM · #5
From hearing about past threads everybody that enters has their picture in the book if they pay for the book.

If you want to see your picture in a book this may be worth it, but there are other ways to have your picture printed in a book and you could make money from it rather then having to buy the book yourself.

I think investing in a 50mm f/1.8 will be more worth your while :)
01/06/2006 04:31:06 AM · #6
Originally posted by Bear_Music:

They are a publication scam, basically. A similar one has been around for a long time in poetry. EVERYONE is a semifinalist, and as far as I know publication goes to those who preorder books. It's just a way of making money off people who long to have their work "published".

Here's a link to a discussion of this on another site.

Robt.


Dang! You beat me to it bear!
01/06/2006 04:32:36 AM · #7
The link sends you to the post page on this forum???
01/06/2006 04:37:22 AM · #8
thanks guys,
you basically confirmed what I suspected already!
just wanted to double check.

a new lens... now there's a thought!

Cheers,
Ingrid
01/06/2006 04:37:23 AM · #9
FWIW, bear in mind that you actually DO get a book :-) For me, that's not much of a thrill (I've had poetry and pictures published often enough to be over that) but for YOU (whoever "you" might be) maybe it's worth 70 bucks to have an actual book with your picture in it. I wouldn't argue with that. But the book has no value in the "real world"; it won't impress an art director asking for publication references, for example. Its only value would be to YOU, and entirely subjective.

I don't know about the photography arm of this enterprise, but the poetry one DOES deliver the books, like clockwork. They even do award the prize they promise; I actually KNOW a poet who won hundreds of dollars from them. So in that sense they are on the up-and-up. The marketing is squirrely, in the sense that it leads you to believe you have somehow been selected on merit; that's totally not the case.

Robt.

Message edited by author 2006-01-06 04:37:57.
01/06/2006 06:31:19 AM · #10
They would have to pay me 70 bucks to get the photo in the book (and last time I got the book for free as well). :)

And that's only for a small size.

Message edited by author 2006-01-06 06:31:57.
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