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NAT GEO Moment Awards- Beware

Came across the NGC Moments Awards and while going through the Terms and Conditions also came across Pt 9 which states,

“The pictures, clippings and films uploaded/posted on the Website shall be so done under an irrevocable, royalty free license and an applicant hereby accordingly grants NGC the right to use the picture/clipping in any medium anywhere in the world in perpetuity.”

and pt 11.,
NGC will have the right to use the pictures without the credits of the author/producer/owner of the image or the movie clipping


In the interest of unsuspecting photographers, I am of the opinion that this unethical to hoodwink an amateur or an enthusiast who is not aware of terms like ‘royalty free’, ‘any medium’ or ‘perpetuity’ or its implications for an incentive like a free gift apart from the right to use of imagery without credits.

it might also have commercial and copyright implications on the rights of the photographer

Also, I find it an unethical that an agency of the repute of National Geographic is involved in.

i suggest we as a photographic community should not endorse the same by non participation as well as by spreading the word of caution.

by Udit Kulshrestha at 2009-03-29 08:20:42 UTC gurgaon , India | Bookmark | | Report spam→

24 Mar 2009 00:03
NGC Amends Clause 11 to:

NGC shall make best endeavours to give credit to the author/producer/owner of the image or the movie, but entrant/applicant acknowledges that NGC may not always be able to do so due to editorial or other reasons, determined in NGC’s sole discretion.

My personal opinion :

1. They still have discretionary powers
2. They havent amended Clause 9 and its limitations
3. They have just clarified thier intent keeping the terms with a wee bit ambiguity which works in thier favour.

For News/update on NGC Contest –

by Udit Kulshrestha | 30 Mar 2009 15:03 | gurgaon, India | | Report spam→
Hi! Udit,
Thanks for sharing this information. These terms coming from an agency of extreme repute like NGC are highly unethical and uncalled for. It’s sad that they have to come to such unethical practices whereas they’ve been the pioneer in a way.

Sharbendu De

by Sharbendu De | 20 Jun 2009 06:06 | New Delhi, India | | Report spam→

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Udit Kulshrestha, Photographer Udit Kulshrestha
(Independant Photographer)
Gurgaon , India ( DEL )
Sharbendu De, Documentary Photographer Sharbendu De
Documentary Photographer
New Delhi , India


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