Read the fine print in competitions

As many of you know, I spend a great deal of time each month searching for art and photo shows and competitions for our call for entries page. I try to find good local shows or national shows with great prizes. Recently I can across a call for entries for a local organization. It offered a modest prize of publication. Not all competitions need be offering large prizes. Publication and the publicity is enough for some budding Photogs. However, reading the fine print, this organization was claiming all rights to all the submitted entries! (not just winners).  I was quite shocked that for no compensation this group would claim ownership of the artists’ copyright.

I thought that perhaps the organization was misstating its intent. On the submission form, however, it clearly states that by entering the artist is transferring copyright to the organization.

“By submitting this form with the attached photograph, I certify that I own the copyright to this work and that I knowingly transfer that copyright to The Last Green Valley, Inc. for its use. The Last Green Valley, Inc. will credit me whenever the photograph is used.”

Be aware that when the copyright is knowingly transferred to another party, the artist no longer has a right to show, sell or in anyway use his or her own creation.  In a time when protection of  an artists’ work is difficult enough, it is a shock to see a respected organization trying to take advantage.  Be careful of what you give away and read everything before you sign away your rights and your hard work!

Another national photo competition in which the contestant is required to pay $25 entry fee, the fine print notes that all entries can be used by the “Sponsors” for whatever they wish to do with the images in perpetuity (Forever) without compensation to the artist.

USE OF ENTRY: By submitting an Entry, entrant grants the Sponsor and their designees an irrevocable, royalty-free, nonexclusive, worldwide perpetual license to use the Entry and his/her name, city and state of residence for credit purposes in Sponsor’s online galleries, without further compensation, notification or permission, unless prohibited by law. In addition, each winner grants to the Sponsor and their designees an irrevocable, royalty-free, nonexclusive, worldwide perpetual license to use, edit, modify, cut, rearrange, add to, delete from, reproduce, encode, store, transmit, produce, publish, rent, lease, distribute (directly or indirectly through multiple tiers), post, broadcast, publicly perform or display, adapt, exhibit and/or otherwise use or reuse or exploit (without limitation as to when or to the number of times used) and use the Entries and entrants name, city and state of residence (for credit purposes) in perpetuity in any and all media including but not limited to digital and electronic media, in Outdoor Photographer, Digital Photo, HDVideoPro and Digital Photo Pro magazines, computer, DVD, CD, print, audio and audio-visual media (whether now existing or hereafter devised), in any language, throughout the world, and in any manner for purposes of promotion of this Contest and other Sponsor’s contests and/or for purposes of advertising and promoting the Sponsor and, except as otherwise stated herein, without further compensation, notification or permission, unless prohibited by law.

Another small regional photo competition offering modest awards did their homework.  They want to be sure they can use the images received but are aware that the copyright belongs to the originator of the work.  They are specific about how they will use the work while they acknowledge that the ownership of the copyright still belongs to the artist.

“Your Rights: Entrants retain ownership and all other rights to future use of the photographs they enter except for the following: Your entry to the contest constitutes your agreement to allow your entered photographs – and your name, age division, city, state, and country of residence – to be published on The Trustees of Reservations’ website, magazine, e-newsletter, and social media, and you grant to The Trustees of Reservations the perpetual, worldwide non-exclusive license to reproduce, distribute, display, and create derivative works of the entry (along with a name credit) in connection with and promotion of The Trustees of Reservations, in any media now or hereafter known.”

The lesson here is read the small print. What you don’t know can hurt you!

Fine Art Photography: Imaging for output, Three Part Discussion


The end result of photography is not as it used to be. In the days of film photography the only way the photographer could view the image was as an actual printed photograph or sit in a darkened room and

original on screen irisview a slide show. If the processed photo was excellent the photographer might consider an enlargement for display. Unless the photographer had access to a dark room the film and print were created by “photo labs”. The photographer usually did not have much input into how the image was processed and developed. The only way others could view or enjoy the work of the photographer was to actually be there and view the physical print or the slide show. Occasionally, professional photographers were published in magazines and were able to share their work with a larger audience. Most photos, however, were developed, printed to a small format and then stuck in a drawer and forgotten.

Digital imaging and the internet have changed everything. Photographers can now share their work with the entire world. Through social media sites like Flickr, Smugmug, Facebook or email photographers can display their work and get feedback. With tools like Photoshop, Lightroom or Picasa the photographic artist can enhance, create and process his work in the “digital darkroom”. With the cost of film development eliminated, an artist can be as prolific as she wants to be. One need never create an actual print to consider oneself a digital photographic artist. As one develops as a photographic artist in this digital age, the mastery of imaging software is the first step in becoming a fine art photographer.

 There comes a time, however, when the photographer wants to have an actual print. Whether it is to enter competitions and art shows or to hang on the wall, the printing of one’s digital work is a logical next step. Often there is a surprise and disappointment when the resulting print does not come close to matching the image on the computer screen. The photographer then realizes that there is another element to learn in this process. There are many factors that effect digital imaging output. From defining and working in a color space to specifying profiles for the print media, the variables in printing can be daunting and mysterious.

In this three part discussion, we will start with image capture, processing and color space. Part two will discuss media profiles, screen calibration and print drivers and software, part three will cover the printing process, printers and media.

After the Storm Photo Show

Western Mass Tornado Photo Show Fund Raiser

So many incredible photos have been taken of this devastating event. Many photographers have felt the need to record and preserve the images of the profound change that has happened in our region. Giclée of New England, Inc Gallery will be sponsoring a Photo Show as a fund raiser for the victims of the June 1 tornado. We would also like to see before and after photos in this show. Photos of rebuilding and clean-up efforts will be welcome as well as those that document the massive destruction.

There is a $10 donation fee  for two images. You can enter as many times as you like. We will find space to hang all entries. All entry fees will be donated to the Disaster Fund at the Monson Savings Bank. Giclée of New England, Inc. will offer printing, framing or mounting of photos for this show at deeply discounted rates.  Videos can also be entered for showing.

There will be awards (prizes if we can get donations) for :

  • Before & After
  • People
  • Rebuilding
  • Clean-up
  • The Worst thing I saw
  • The Best thing I saw
This Gallery Showing will be from July 9 through August 31.  Opening reception July 9, 2-5pm, and refreshments will be served.  Click here for show application in PDF form.  A 20% commission will be added to works for sale to be donated to the Tornado Fund.


Art Festivals

  Arts and crafts festivals are one way to market your art or fine art craft. For some artists this is a way of life. For others it is a good way to supplement their art income by doing a few shows each year. It can be a grueling and exhausting, yet for some artists it is very profitable.  If you think your work would sell well in the festival setting, try out a few local venues.  An online site, Art Fairs, has an extensive listing of art festivals.   Many of the on-line listing sites charge membership fees for information on festivals and calls for entry. Subscribing to one or more may be worth the fees in the time saved by searching.  However, if you wish to enter or attend a specific show or two, paid subscriptions are likely not worth the expense. Most venues have on-line information and applications forms.    

 Now is the time to start your applications, if you wish to participate in the 2011 season. Most summer shows have March or even earlier deadlines.  If you have not participated in a festival be prepared.  Start with small local venues, unjuried if you are new to the process. Go to the shows you would like  to enter and get a feel for the set-up and ask the participants how they are doing.  Find shows where your art fits in.

New Competition

“What I Did Today” May 19,2010

Show us what you did today. Upload your images, photos or artwork to our fan page on Facebook. You can upload one image a day for two weeks. Competition ends on Tuesday, June 1, 2010.  Enter to win a FREE 16×20 PRINT from GoNE, Inc.  Entrants will be eligible to become a finalist in the GRAND PRIZE shootout to be held in November, 2010. GRAND PRIZE is a Flip Video Camcoder

A total of 14 images per fan can be uploaded over the next two weeks.  Winner will be chosen by fan votes during the week of June 2-7.   Start collecting those votes to be in the running for the Flip Video. Its worth Shooting for!

Wanna Win a Flip Video?

Fans on Facebook can win a Flip Video Camcorder

Along with the usual great prizes like free prints, gift certificates  and greeting cards, we are announcing a GRAND PRIZE: a Flip Video Camcorder.

To enter: submit images created by you, to our competitions on the  Giclee of New England Fan Page on Facebook. To become a finalist, get the most votes for your photos or artwork over a five month period. Vote counting begins with the next contest to be announced on Wednesday this week, 05-19-10.  Open submission competitions for this Grand prize will end in the last competition in October, 2010. All fans are eligible to vote once per contest, whether or not images were submitted.

Be notified of upcoming competitions through our Fan Page on Facebook, postings here on this blog, or follow us on Twitter.

The Finalists will be the top twenty-five artists/photographers chosen by the Fans’ votes. They will compete in the Final Shootout during November, 2010 for the Grand Prize. The Grand prize winner will be announced on December 18, 2010.  (Just in time for the Holidays).

Remember, all it takes is “like this” on our fan page  on Facebook to be eligible to participate in this competition or use the link on the side bar.

There are plenty of competitions coming up.  Suggest to your friends on Facebook they become fans. This is a great prize worth shooting for! Along with all the other great gifts you can win from Giclée of New England, Inc. you can’t lose.

Employees, Past employees, and employees’ families are not eligible for prizes but may post images.
Images submitted to the Giclee of New England Fan Page on Facebook competitions may be used for publicity purposes. All rights belong to the originator of the art and by participating you are certifying that you have the rights to show these images and are not in violation of terms of use


Congratulations to Anne Smyth

for winning the Giclee of New England “Sign of Spring”  photo Competition.  Her Photo of Hadley Massacusetts is a great example of Spring in New England, with the flowering shurbs in the foreground backed by the bare hills.

Spring in New England, by Anne Smyth

Art ID Blogging

Art ID

I was recently asked to join the bloggers on Art ID.  I was most honored to be selected as a giclee expert to share my experience and knowledge with fellow artists.  Art ID is an online gallery dedicated to marketing and promoting artists. Unlike many other online sites, Art ID is very actively working to find markets and opportunities for artists to sell their work.  Art ID takes no commission and offers sites from totally free to large and artist controlled galleries for a small fee. For artists without their own website, this is a very valuable service.  For artists with a website it is a way to further their on-line presence and get valuable marketing information and prospects.  The Blogs are full of good advice on marketing, painting and all things artistic.  If you are not already one of the thousands of members, consider joining.  An additional plus, is that this site was founded locally and the site owners and contributors are artists local to the western Massachusetts area.

New England’s Finest Artists Show

The GoNE, Inc Gallery is presenting a new show: 

 New England’s Finest Artists


The GoNE, Inc. gallery is proud to present a fine sampling from some of  New England’s finest artists. The Show will be running from now until the end of February. Meet the artists at the reception on February 12, 4-7pm. 

A few of the artists are;  

  • Anna Ozolins,
  • Ed Champigny,
  • Alexandra Walters,
  • Lorraine Courtright,
  • and several others.

If you are experiencing the winter doldrums, remember art is an excellent “get away”.