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Cathy LH
 

International Library of Photography


 
 
I recieved a letter yesterday from the International Library of Photography telling me that a photo I submitted in July was chosen as a semifinalist. I, of course was estatic but not so much after I read all of these comments. I personally think my photograph is very good and I think I would buy the book if it was in it. My artisits proof states that the picture is copyrighted by me. Has anyone any experience with these people selling their picture without their knowledge? Also I was thinking I would wait until this book - Endless Journeys is published and then buy it of Amazon. Does anyone have any experience with doing it this way? Is the book worth it? Are their any good contests out there?


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11/1/2003 1:52:20 PM

 
Tony Sweet
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  Unfortunately, Cathy, one must read the very fine print before sending their work into a "cattle call" photo contest. You didn't make it clear, but it appears like they're trying to get you to buy a book, by baiting you with some flattery. First off, look at these contests with a cynical eye. On many occasions, the only party who benefits from these things is the contest organizer. Secondly, if your work is to be published in a book, the very least you should get is a photo credit and a copy of the book, a FREE copy. Also, most of these contest reserve the right to publish your work in many venues without payment to you. Some even want you to surrender rights to the contest. In that case, it is as if they shot the image (not you, they own it), and you have no recourse whatsoever, and no subsequent income. Photo contests can be a fun and exciting venue, but only when the photographer retains the rights to the work and the work is shown in a representative venue. Any kind of book involvement is a serious matter and involves a contract and negotiations. Keep you eyes peeled for scams to get free calendar or book imagery.

Good luck!


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11/1/2003 7:07:28 PM

 
Jim Miotke
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  Also, there is a lengthy discussion of this subject at this previous Q&A thread


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11/4/2003 9:42:45 AM

 
Rose J. Altman   I've had a similar experience with them, but filed a complaint to investigate them with the Attorney General's Office in Baltimore, Maryland,was told my letter was sent to them, they had many complaints about them, & sent my letter so as to have them to correct the situation. They are listed in the Better Business Bureau's web site as being a member, but I can't find any complaints filed. DO NOT SEND ANY MONEY!!! With the ISBN number they put on the card, you can order the book from a reputable bookstore, not from them. Anyone receiving notices from these people, please file appropriate complaints so others will not become victims of this company. Thanks & Good Luck! Rose (Bagheerabear)


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11/7/2003 8:37:54 AM

 
Rodrigo Bento   Hello.
I also received a letter from Picture.com last friday, Nov. 14-2003, saying that a photo I had sent in July had ben selected for publication. What I found weird is that I wanted to ask them some questions about it and I canīt seem to find their e-mail address. I live in the Azores and their letter took about 3 weeks to get here. They need my urgent confirmation about the autenthicity of the picture and if I send by mail itīll take another 3 weeks to get there. Does anybody know their e-mail address?
Iīm not sending any money, I agree they should send a free copy or at least give a bigger discount to those whose pictures theyīre publishing.
Best regards, Rodrigo Bento.


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11/17/2003 7:17:18 AM

 
Rose J. Altman   For Rodrigo Bento: Here are several phone numbers and websites for these people, whom I recently found answer the telephone as "Watermark Press:" Maryland USA number: 1-410-363-4800; Fax Maryland USA number: 1-410-902-4400; Web site: www.picture.com International Library of Photo. also known as picture.comAdditiona USA numbers: 1-410-356-2000 & 1-410-356-2001; Address: 3600 Crondall Lane, Suite 101; Owings Mills, Maryland 21117 USA
Good luck! I will notify Attorney General's Office again of your recent encounter with these people. Bagheerabear


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11/20/2003 7:27:05 PM

 
Rose J. Altman   For Rodrigo Bento: Here are several phone numbers and websites for these people, whom I recently found answer the telephone as "Watermark Press:" Maryland USA number: 1-410-363-4800; Fax Maryland USA number: 1-410-902-4400; Web site: www.picture.com International Library of Photo. also known as picture.comAdditiona USA numbers: 1-410-356-2000 & 1-410-356-2001; Address: 3600 Crondall Lane, Suite 101; Owings Mills, Maryland 21117 USA
Good luck! I will notify Attorney General's Office again of your recent encounter with these people. Bagheerabear


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11/20/2003 7:27:17 PM

 
Ronal Jeffries   I have 3 photos on there site. With each submission I was offered the opertunity to purchess a book with my photo printed in it. I bought the first book and feel that while it might have been a little expenseve it was a well put together book. I know another person who also purchesed a book with her photo in it. It takes a while for the book to arive (sometimes months) it is nice to be able to tell some one your published and have the book to back it up.


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11/21/2003 5:43:54 PM

 
Lisa Firster   I also received a letter from them and was thrilled to learn that they wanted to publish my picture. I didn't send them any money however. I did send them the "copyright" info that said it was my work and not someone elses. I figured I'd just keep an eye out for it at local book stores and perhaps buy it at a much lower rate than the $60 they were asking for. I do agree with what Tony S. said in his response. I thought I'd at least get a free copy of the book.


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11/21/2003 8:03:31 PM

 
Shirley D. Cross-Taylor
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  I would not bother with this contest. There are so many legitimate and more prestigious photo contests out there. Check out some photo magazines if you want to be published. Popular Photography has its 'Your Best Shot', Petersen's PHOTOgraphic has a monthly theme photo contest, even Outdoor Photographer allows you to submit photos for their gallery. Also, some of these magazines have yearly contests with great prizes and no obligation. One of my favorite contests is the Austrian Super Circuit, which is the largest photo salon in the world. It does cost to enter, but you are competing with some of the greatest photographers in the world and the catalog alone is worth the price of entering.


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11/21/2003 10:46:27 PM

 
Kathy    I was published twice in the International Library of Photography books.
I retained my rights, the company does not use one's photos for any other purpose, and the books are pricey. This is what you call a vanity press, except the true vanity press wants you to pay to have the book published. Here they want you to buy the book.
My opinion is they are open and honest about what what they do and what you get. Why would someone notify the Better Business Bureau about this company?


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12/2/2003 4:15:28 PM

 
Sharon  McClung
BetterPhoto Member Since: 1/17/2005
  Thanks to all for your feedback on Picture.com/ International Library of Photography! I got my Congratulations letter last week (July 2, 2004) telling me my photo was selected to be in an anthology being published Fall 2004. I was really annoyed that I had to pay to see my photo in print - also thought I/we should be getting the royalties, or at least a more discounted book, not paying to be published. It just screamed "Scam" to me, but my ego really wanted this recognition. Instead, I checked this site and so glad I did - now I've decided not to send them any money. Instead, I'll stick with the legit sites for contests, like this one. Haven't yet decided if I'm going to certify my photograph, as some comments I've read say they publish the wrong name with wrong picture, they don't publish it or they publish every picture they get a book order for, whether it's good or bad. But at least now I have more information from which to make a decision. Thanks, all!


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7/5/2004 4:05:40 PM

 
John A. Lind
BetterPhoto Member Since: 9/27/2001
  Jim Miotke (BetterPhoto) already put in the pointer to "The Mondo Thread That Will Not Die" about the company, its "photo contest" and its "book" (at 239 replies last I looked).

Hey, Jim, is that the all-time record?

I don't know if its been mentioned in that thread or not . . . so I'll put it here. The very same company publishes the "International Library of Poetry" which operates under the same concept . . . except it's been running for a very long time . . . before there was an internet. They would advertise in newspapers and people would mail in their poetry.

Shazaaam! Magically everyone's a "finalist" and can see their poetry published in print for the paltry sum of $$$$$ to buy the book from them. IIRC, they've converted that to a web based "contest" too.

-- John Lind


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7/5/2004 10:10:08 PM

 
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