No Contest Part IV - Canadian, Eh?
Photo Contest: "Cool Office Space" $300 prize. No entry fee. Submissions will be considered as they're recieved. Full contest details at www.nbs.net. Does anyone have a shot of a cool office? My organization, a Canadian non-profit called the Network for Business Sustainability, is looking for a vibrant shot capturing cool office design or an illustration of distinctive corporate culture (e.g. foosball tables in boardrooms). Full details for the contest... click here.
The web site says: "The Network for Business Sustainability must be given full rights to use the photo and any derivative works in all electronic and print materials... this image will be used on the Network’s website and in research reports, brochures, and presentations."
So I wrote back: "Is this a contest or are you looking for a stock photo without paying for a proper license? All rights in all media for $300 Canadian? That doesn't sound like a legitimate contest to me, doesn't look like a decent stock photo use fee, either."
It's a perfect example of social networking gone off the reservation. LinkedIn is supposed to be a business networking site, and their forums a place where professionals can discuss pertinent issues, trends or, simply, network. But this is really unprofessional, a request for a stock photo disguised as a contest. Have they no shame?