Alert: Nature Conservancy Takes Your Copyright Exclusively

The Nature Conservancy is a wonderful organization. It’s running a photo contest for a 2010 calendar to raise funds to support The Hasssayampa River Preserve – a noble cause. Thirteen winners get annual passes to the Nature Conservancy’s Hassayampa, Ramsey Canyon, and Patagonia-Sonoita Preserves plus a photo credit.

Unfortunately, under the rules of the contest, the Nature Conservancy not only gets to use your photo in any way it wants, you don’t get to use it at all!

8. All entries shall become the exclusive property of The Nature Conservancy to be used solely as it determines, including printing the winning photo in the Hassayampa River Preserve’s newsletter, on its websites and in its publications, or using the photo in conjunction with the logos of The Nature Conservancy and its partner organizations. Winning photographers may not sell or use these images in any way.

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It’s great to support important causes such as this. Just understand what it means for your photography rights.

Thanks to David Rogers for submitting this alert.

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