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Microstock News / Re: Picturk has nothing to do with stock
« on: August 08, 2012, 14:01 »
Colette's last point is why Picturk exists. Most competitions are rights grabs - Facebook competitions are total rights grabs. Competitions ran on Picturk are NOT rights grabs. The photographer retains ownership of their IP. That's very important.

The Camera Club competition is there to help photographers take better pictures - the idea is to get people out of their comfort zone to try something new and test their skills and aesthetic against their friends in the club. Its a great opportunity to learn and get and give feedback. Its a lot of work for the poor competition officer to manage - we're trying to make it easier.

Microstock News / Picturk has nothing to do with stock
« on: August 07, 2012, 04:27 »
Back last year there was a post on Picturk in this forum:

We're not in the stock business - we never were in the stock business.

Picturk is a tool for photographers to run the photography contests that are important to them.  Professional  Photography Awards, International Salons and exhibitions, Festivals, amateur club and inter-club competitions. We are not a stock agency - or new take on stock. The article referred to in the post does not describe what Picturk does.

Just to be clear: we don't do rights grabs, we support resonant photography contests for real photographers. We don't do stock, we don't do Facebook competitions.


I think that's the spin they're giving to the fact that they're not handing out money. Money is dirty and 'unethical' you see. This is confirmed by Kelly Thompson of Istockphoto who recently told us we don't really come to his website for it.

It would appear that the first competition is up & running too;

Bizarrely the 'Leader Board' is currently topped by a Mr Joris Vreeke, who has 3 votes, and who also happens to be one of the three judges. Just as well they're so very 'ethical' otherwise we might think something funny was going on.

Thank you for the link and spotting the bug. Joris name was there in error and has been removed from the leader board.

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