Picture.com is a SCAM

February22

Years ago when I first started really getting into photography, I got an interesting envelope in the mail. It was interesting because it had one of my photos printed right on the front.

When I read the material inside, I was surprised to find that my photo had been entered in a contest! I had never submitted anything, but I went to the website, and sure enough, there it was.

I read about the prize money and having my photo published in a book with all the other semi-finalists. But being the skeptic that I am regarding unsolicited online contacts, I did a Google search and soon found out that the whole thing was a scam.

They prey on people’s need for admiration. Your picture could be the biggest piece of crap out there but if you took it, and someone else says it’s good, you’ll start to believe it. Especially if they want to give you prize money and publish it.

Picture.com gets their money by duping people into buying the book containing their photo. Many people buy more than one. And they don’t stop there… They have affiliated sites for poetry contests too. I seem to remember the book being over $30.00. And there are reports of many people paying for their books and never receiving them.

Don’t be fooled, these people have been around for a long time and apparently doing quite well scamming people. Still.

 edited July, 2007

I’m very happy to see people finding this blog when checking these bastards out.  I’m not saying your photos are crap, they could be very good.  I’m saying that they count on your own pride in your photo.

I, too, wonder how it’s possible that these people are still around.  I want to do more investigating and see if I can bring their tactics to the attention of sites like Consumerist.com, that have a wide readership.  It’s people like us who can minimize the damage these scam artist can do by informing people.  Feel free to link back here from your own homepage so we can tell as many people as possible.

Thanks, and keep shooting pictures!

Trish

edited/added December, 2007

If you’re finding this post too late, you do still have recourse. This is a link to the Better Business Bureau’s page on Picture.com and Poetry.com. If you’ve already given them your money, you can file a complaint. Also if the charge has not gone through on your credit card, call your company and tell them you don’t want these bastards to have your money.

Spurred by my anger at the email Hex was kind enough to copy and paste below, I’ve just emailed tips@consumerist.com to alert them to picture.com, this blog, and your comments. If I ever get contacted back, please include in your comment whether you would or would not mind being contacted to re-tell your story.

If nothing comes from this, I’ll dig a bit deeper and see what else I can come up with.

Thanks again for all your comments!

Trish

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44 Comments to

“Picture.com is a SCAM”

  1. Avatar February 24th, 2005 at 9:35 am Robin HONG KONG Says:

    Wow, that is really awful :-/ I think the net is making it much easier for people to deal with exploiting people, both technically and on a personal level :(

    Kudos on the layout :) oh but I cant hardly read the grey text against the green background!

    Keep up the good work :)


  2. Avatar April 1st, 2006 at 10:57 am Mike Harker UNITED STATES Says:

    I found your message thread on the Picture.com scam. It’s a shame. I noticed the same thing myself.


  3. Avatar March 22nd, 2007 at 5:42 pm trixR4KIDS UNITED STATES Says:

    Guess what THIS IS A REAL SCAM!!! from 2002- present everyone gets the same letter, email, invite to the international society of photographers, and free Copyright of PIC they posted ….

    and if I would have paid the $$$ to go to LAs VAgas to see if I won 10000$ (must be present to win) register for like 600.oo but if u wait I recived a less $$ quote for half price, But I have to get a hotel on my own!!!

    SCAM SCAM SCAM ogh but wait there’s more, I just got a e mail saying they are sorry I am not attending but I can still recieve my awards…..if I just send 260.00

    LOL are they outta their minds!!! yea right everyone gets the same letter about the coffee table book for 60.00 I have read other blogs they NEVER received their book

    lol and other that SUPRISE…. your pics on the first page how lucky is that only to have to change the press one time & all the rest of books are the same images…. Hmmmm go figure you can’t have your pic deleted from their website either unless u pay a price


  4. Avatar March 23rd, 2007 at 1:00 pm Tricia (greenfreak) UNITED STATES Says:

    Thank you Trixy for your information. Just more proof that these people are terrible scam artists.

    I’m amazed that these people are still doing this, so many years later.

    I think it’s great though that I get visitors just about once every two weeks, looking for information on them.

    Hopefully more people out there will search for info, find it here and elsewhere, and put these people out of business in the process!

    Thanks for stopping by and commenting. :)

    Tricia


  5. Avatar May 14th, 2007 at 5:51 pm Kathy UNITED STATES Says:

    I just got one of these winning letters in the mail today. I do feel that this photo is of great quality. I mean it is contest worthy. But, if this is a scam. I will not be fooled. “too good to be true”, maybe so.


  6. Avatar May 21st, 2007 at 12:44 am Autum UNITED STATES Says:

    Picture.com and poetry.com are “sister” sites.. they are both scams. i fell for the poetry.com scam and was devastated when i learned it was a scam. it IS a shame that people are so devious.

    Autum


  7. Avatar June 15th, 2007 at 5:58 pm Sam UNITED STATES Says:

    my friend got one of these today and was all excited about it but she won’t believe me that its a scam. its a shame if she gets suckered into it just because she wants to surpass people as a photographer.


  8. Avatar July 17th, 2007 at 1:39 am Heather UNITED STATES Says:

    I recieved a letter from picture.com saying i was a semi-finalist and my photo was to be published in a book. i was very excited but luckily when i sent the mail off i didnt include any money. now i am very glad. but also very frustrated because it seems impossible that a scam could be going on for so many years without anyone stopping them. The picture i took was very good, and i do believe it is worthy of being published but apparently this is all just a scam and im going to have to look elsewhere. who knew some people could be so cruel.


  9. Avatar July 19th, 2007 at 3:17 pm Carol UNITED STATES Says:

    I just got this letter in the mail today 7/19/07! This scam still goes on. I wanted to believe it but I was skeptical right from the start. I put picture.com scam into a search engine and came to your blog here. Thanks for the confirmation.


  10. Avatar July 29th, 2007 at 11:42 am Kim CANADA Says:

    I have also recieved same later July 2007. The letter said my picture showed my unique talent. I dont have unique talent, I am the worst photographer going. I know that, guess they dont. lol..someone said it right when they mentioned this company uses your pride in your photo..I didnt love the photo, it was a picture of my cat that I love…


  11. Avatar July 31st, 2007 at 7:28 pm jerod UNITED STATES Says:

    well i have gotten both letter from them.. i’m not 100% percent concinved it is a scam, granted
    they want you to buy something. but thats just free enterprise.
    i have not bought ANYTHING nor do i plan to.. but i’ll let it ride on this one photo that i dont think is my best work. but it’s just a side project to me anyways so..meh


  12. Avatar August 1st, 2007 at 9:46 am DaniM CANADA Says:

    That really sucjs for the ego…you know? I submitted a picture recently to picture.com and they sent me a letter saying that bla bla bla, I’m a semi finalist and all the same crap everyone else got! Then I check my e-mail and they asked me to submit yet another photo for another contest cause they “LOVE” my first photo. It’s a damn scam so that amateurs like me believe our photos mean something and we keep buying their stupid books. Total Scam!!!


  13. Avatar September 11th, 2007 at 3:28 pm Cindi CANADA Says:

    I too fell for this scam. Luckily I did not go far enought to send them my money! I was getting it ready and thought, I should really look up some information on these people before I give them my credit card number! I have seen nothing but bad things about it. The letter is just so overwhelming that you take it all in and jump on it for the chance to see your work published. I feel like an idiot, I already told everyone I know about this, and all along it was a scam. How is it that this site is still able to continue doind this to people?


  14. Avatar October 4th, 2007 at 12:59 pm Stephen UNITED KINGDOM Says:

    I have just received the semi finalist letter too. They have gone to the bother of sending it all the way to the United Kingdom. I am surprised at how hard it is to stop these people. Lets just hope not many people fall for this scam.


  15. Avatar October 10th, 2007 at 1:35 pm Amber CANADA Says:

    Frickin scam! I got the letters and was skeptical. The proff and all looked really professionally done. We bought the damn book! thought it said it would not be published until the end of thee year, it was charged to my credit card yesturday…

    I doubt I will rec the book… I am goign tocancel that credit card to.


  16. Avatar October 16th, 2007 at 6:44 pm Kyle UNITED STATES Says:

    They almost got me as well. I entered their free photo contest and got an email a few weeks later
    informing me that I had been entered into their hall of fame. So I looked into it and arrived here.
    What a rip off though. Luckily I found it was a scam before paying them. Or worse, traveling to Las
    Vegas (where they said my photo would be shown) to see my photo… That would have sucked big
    time.


  17. Avatar October 23rd, 2007 at 6:24 am Jack In Texas UNITED STATES Says:

    There is very little doubt in my mind that Picture.com has less to do with photography and much more to do with selling expensive books, lapel pins, placques, and expensive trips!

    I submitted a photo about 4-5 years ago that was at best good for the average viewer and a technical disaster for the modestly trained eye. Like everyone I chatted with, I too received all kinds of kudos and praise, and offers to buy books, etc. Ultimately I earned the “Editor’s Choice Award” recognizing my artistic abilities.

    I belong to another web site that provides quality evaluation of photos and the critique I receive there is excellent. On the message board the same topic of Picture.com came up. Nearly everyone on that board posted the same or similar experiences with Picture.com. I suggested that someone submit a bogus photo and see what happens.

    Taking my own advice, I shot a close up of a popped pop corn kernal against a black background. Simple enough. The photo maybe could qualify for a low end stock photo for movie theatre pop corn. However, the twist came when I named the photo “Truckstop”. The photo had absolutely nothing to do with trucks, truckstops, any mode of transportation, etc. It was simply a popped corn kernal against a black background.

    I submitted it to Picture.com.

    Then the fun began. I started receiving emails advising me of the skills I demonstrated, the talent I possess. Additionally, I was advised that I would be shown at some event, etc. Thus far, I went along with it thinking, well art, like beauty, is in the eye of the beholder.

    This week though, it went over the top. I received an email advising me that my photo, “Truckstop” has been chosen by the editors to be moved into the simi-finalist position of the Open Amateur Photographic Contest as a result of my artistic skills. I could win a prize of up to $10,000, etc. Of course I am under no obligation to buy, BUT wouldn’t it be nice to own this beautiful hard bound,expensive, coffee table book featuring my work?

    Folks, I don’t know about you, but I do actually appreciate valid criticism good or bad. That is how I believe I will become a better photographer. Telling people their work is of such high quality that it merits high recognition is pure bull. At least they could have asked me for an artis’s perspective as to how I derived a truckstop out of a pop corn kernal! If their panel of judges really see something in that photo that merits such recognition then we are in a world of trouble. Quite frankly, even a blind man can see that this photo sucks!

    Thats my story. You should try this experiment yourself!


  18. Avatar November 2nd, 2007 at 4:29 pm luckshmuck CANADA Says:

    hmmm…isnt it just lucky for me that i discover this site AFTER i send in the money?! argh crap! i got the mail saying i could win the editors choice award…and i didnt know what it was, so i searched it. i searched-editors choice from picture.com, and came up with this… damn it! my family told me it was a scam, but being the naive person that i am, i erefused to believe them. well, there goes my 80 bucks


  19. Avatar November 2nd, 2007 at 8:37 pm Jack In Texas UNITED STATES Says:

    Well,luckshmuck, I hate to disappoint you, but I JUST WON THE EDITORS CHOICE AWARD for my photograph “Truckstop”!! (Read my previous posting for details). I just got an email yesterday advising of my award. Don’t worry though, the email did advise me that up to 12% of the submitions receive this prestigious award.

    My experience with picture.com simply reinforces my belief that it is a total scam. I am looking for an honest critique of my photography, not a condescending pile of crap that rewards mediocrity. I have found that the more legit sites I subscribe to tend to use a lot more judgement in their evaluations than picture.com. From what I can tell, the editors must be deaf, dumb, and blind. I have no idea what they have seen in any of my submissions. This is my second editors choice award.

    Jack


  20. Avatar December 4th, 2007 at 10:48 am Evets Says:

    Luckily I was suspicious and found this page before sending money, but I’m curious, is there any harm in them having my photo? It really is a good photo, and I don’t want it to end up being freely available to anyone online. Also, would there be any harm in buying the bbook? Assuming of course that they actually send them out.


  21. Avatar December 7th, 2007 at 4:57 pm Matt UNITED STATES Says:

    Well… Thank god I thought to do some research before buying one of these books. I too almost got bought by this scam. One of my friends accualty fell for the poetry.com scam as well. Thanks for letting this info be known


  22. Avatar December 15th, 2007 at 3:32 pm Lisa Goff UNITED STATES Says:

    Hi, I got one of those letters with a picture of mine right on the front. At first my heart jumped at the thought of being chosen; at the same instant I was immediately skeptical. I then saw picture.com and thought how similar to poetry.com it was . . . hmmmm. I had also had a poem chosen by them to be published in their book. How odd . . . Luckily, I did not fall for either one. They should be called poetry.scam and picture.scam.


  23. Avatar December 17th, 2007 at 2:53 pm Hex UNITED STATES Says:

    At least they changed it to have my name (which I left off of here) lol.

    cut/paste:
    The votes are in, and we are proud to congratulate you for your outstanding artistic achievement. The editors of The International Library of Photography were thrilled to inform you that your photo was honored with the prestigious Editor’s Choice Award because of your artistic accomplishments and unique perspective–characteristics found in the most noteworthy photographic works. To further commemorate this prestigious achievement, we have elected you to receive the 2007 Editor’s Published Photographer Ribbon Award Pin.

    This stunning pin proudly displays your elevated status in our photographic community. Since only an elite group of published photographers were selected to receive this special honor, imagine the sense of pride you will feel when others see you wearing the 2007 Editor’s Choice Published Photographer Award Pin. What an impressive way to show off your status as an honored photographer for the year 2007!

    The elegant detail and the meticulous craftsmanship that went into the design and production of this exclusive pin are unprecedented. This striking jewelry piece has the International Library of Photography name prominently displayed across the top, the Editor’s Choice commendation appears on the ribbon, and the entire pin is set in bronze. It is truly a masterpiece that honors your outstanding and well-deserved accomplishments, and it is a must-have for all esteemed photographers.

    To take advantage of this special offer to commemorate your exceptional photographic talents, simply go here. This exclusive pin is only $19.95, plus shipping & handling. If you wish to send us your order by mail, please include a copy of this email and your completed order form to receive this special offer.

    An Added Bonus For A Limited Time Only!!!

    We have commissioned artisans to create a Commemorative Bronze Medallion to celebrate the accomplishments of the Editor’s Choice winners. This beautiful two-sided medallion displays the words “Celebrated Photographer” and “Editor’s Choice” deeply etched into the medal. The medallion is packaged in a custom gift box with a certificate of authenticity to further enhance its prestige. You can receive this amazing keepsake for only $49.95, plus shipping and handling. For a limited time, when you take advantage of this unique offer of the bronze medallion, you will also receive the Editor’s Choice Published Photographer Ribbon Award Pin at no additional charge. That’s right, the Editor’s Choice Published Photographer Ribbon Award Pin will be yours FREE when you request the commemorative bronze medallion.

    New for 2007

    Because you are receiving such high honors as a published photographer, for the first time ever we want to reward you with the 2007 Editor’s Choice Commemorative Silver Watch. As a published photographer, imagine the compliments, praise, and prestige you will receive from your family, friends, and peers when they admire and envy your watch as an iconic symbol of your success and talent. These limited edition unisex watches are available only to a group of elite and talented published photographers like yourself, hand-picked by our editors.

    The watch features a sophisticated rectangular face with a silver finish highlighted by the esteemed “Editor’s Choice” insignia on the black dial. Your watch will be accented with an imported adjustable black leather band. The watch comes in a stylish gift box for safekeeping when not proudly displayed on your wrist, or it can be used to display the embodiment of your outstanding photographic achievements on your mantle.

    Because your creativity and artistic abilities shine through in all your photographic works, you can receive this fashionable and prestigious accessory to celebrate your 2007 Editor’s Choice Achievement for only $119.00, plus shipping and handling. For a limited time only, when you take advantage of this unique offer of the 2007 Editor’s Choice Commemorative Silver Watch, you will also receive the Bronze Medallion and the 2007 Editor’s Choice Published Photographer Ribbon Award Pin at no additional charge. The total package value of almost $200 will be yours for only $119.00 when you request the 2007 Editor’s Choice Commemorative Silver Watch.

    As you are bestowing gifts to your friends and family during this holiday season, why not give yourself the gift of recognition for a job well done with your photographic achievements?

    We were delighted to award you the high honors of a published photographer, and we hope that you will choose to receive the 2007 Editor’s Choice Commemorative Silver Watch, Bronze Medallion, and the 2007 Editor’s Choice Published Photographer Ribbon Award Pin. We truly believe these masterpieces honor the artistic accomplishments you have displayed in your photography.

    Please accept my best wishes to you and your family during the holiday season.

    Sincerely,

    Jeffrey Bryan
    Managing Editor
    The International Library of Photography / Picture.com

    ——————————————————————————–
    P.S. We are confident that you will enjoy the classic design of the 2007 Editor’s Choice Commemorative Silver Watch, Bronze Medallion, and the 2007 Editor’s Choice Published Photographer Ribbon Award Pin. The highest manufacturing standards have gone into the production of these items. And, best of all, they come with a 100% money-back guarantee. If you are not delighted with your items, simply return them to us within 90 days and your money will be promptly refunded.


  24. Avatar December 17th, 2007 at 2:54 pm Hex UNITED STATES Says:

    lol – didn’t scan the whole email (shows how much I read of it) for my name, ah well lol.


  25. Avatar December 19th, 2007 at 2:15 am Rich UNITED STATES Says:

    gee, thanks BBB for doing absolutely nothing all these years! This scam is as old as the internet, what the heck is wrong with our country!?!? We’ll catch a theif stealing a six pack worth a few dollars, and throw his ass in jail, but won’t do anything about an internet scam that must rake in hundred of thousands of dollars! Gad, we need some cyber-police or something!


  26. Avatar December 19th, 2007 at 9:35 pm Tim Buckley UNITED STATES Says:

    I have a similar story. 2-3 yrs. ago I was offered the book. For a FEE!!!! I did not fall for it. Funny thing, here it is two-three years later and I still receive e-mails. This of course for the “editors choice” plaque. What a scam. it would be one thing if they really had a contest, but these guys are a SCAM!!!!!!!!!!!!
    Bottom line, c,mon people, if your picture is so good wouldn’t you think picture.com would offer you actual $$MONEY$$ for such a fine picture??????? Thats what went through my mind!!!


  27. Avatar January 7th, 2008 at 12:53 pm Jen UNITED KINGDOM Says:

    Got one of the emails today and thought it was one of those
    email that just soundd a bit fishy..
    Thought I’d google it and came across this! Haha.
    The worst thing is this was advertised on Facebook so you kind
    of hope that wthey would not let this sort of thing be
    advertised.
    I think once there is the mention of money alarm bells began to
    go off :)
    Stay away people :)


  28. Avatar January 11th, 2008 at 10:25 am natalie Says:

    i just received a letter in the mail praising my artistic ability
    and claiming that i too am a semi-finalist in this photography
    contest. my family advised that it is likely a scam and to
    investigate it. and this is what i find. thanks! :)
    i’m glad that i did not buy the book! i thought that it seemed
    expensive… i will be researching every contest that i enter from
    now on. thanks picture.com


  29. Avatar January 16th, 2008 at 4:47 pm Mo UNITED STATES Says:

    I came across Picture.com on facebook. I did add a picture, won the distinguished blah blah blah award, etc. My pic is not the best and frankly, if they weren’t so glowing about it I would have taken them more seriously. Once they began with the glowing praise, I was skeptical.

    I just rec’d the letter in the mail today and its just too slick for me. Something’s wrong there!

    I was considering doing what another poster did and add a bad pic…..but don’t need to do that now.


  30. Avatar January 22nd, 2008 at 12:59 pm Carol Leynard CANADA Says:

    They said I was a semi-finalist. (I sent a picture in. They advertised on FaceBook)I was excited I had a chance of winning; they gave a lot of praise about the pic (and it was a good picture) but when they wanted money for a book with my picture in it, it didn’t ring right with me.
    I haven’t responded, and they keep sending me reminders that I still have a chance at the prizes and I should buy the book, or maybe two!
    I look at it this way: If I won a prize, THEY PAY ME, not me pay them!! They won’t get my money!


  31. Avatar January 24th, 2008 at 3:07 pm Dani UNITED STATES Says:

    I received my first email & letter in 2005 and I’m still getting emails & letters from them telling me I’m a winner again for the same picture. I never submitted a picture – and the picture is just a normal every day picture of my son – nothing special. I decided today to see if there was a real book I could find at Barnes & Nobles but all I came up with was scam articles about the company! Hopefully they will be shut down.


  32. Avatar January 25th, 2008 at 2:24 pm Katie UNITED STATES Says:

    Thank you so much for this post. I just recieved an email from them today and was being very skeptical. I am going to be pulling my photo off of their website today as well. I google searched the “editor choice award from Picture.com” and I’m glad you’re blog is the first thing that appeared. I will definately be making sure they can no longer email me. I had never planned on spending money with them, but if they’re a scam, I don’t want them having access to my photos either.


  33. Avatar January 25th, 2008 at 9:03 pm Mary UNITED STATES Says:

    Just remember when someone tells you you won, then it should be free. If not, it’s a scam. I just got the same editor’s choice award as written above. I’ve been and have seen just about all the scams. Plus, $119 for a cheesyass watch. PLEEEEEEEase.


  34. Avatar February 14th, 2008 at 1:49 pm vikki UNITED STATES Says:

    My long comment was lost so I am going to give this a test run


  35. Avatar February 14th, 2008 at 2:01 pm vikki UNITED STATES Says:

    I bought 4 bks.from picture.com last year and only received one. Has anyone every spoken to
    a live person at picture.com? You are always put on hold and their emails are fake. I did make
    a discover though,I figured out an extension and got another phone #. I did get hold of a
    receptionist named Dee and a manager named Jim Reed.Both people tried to put me on hold.
    They were surprised at my discovery. i filed 2 complaints with BBB. Won’t BBB pursue this
    at all? I gave BBB the numbers I figured out. If any of you are interested let me know. Picture.com
    are thieves and I want my money back and stop them. I will not give up.What else can we do?
    Perhaps the media should get involved?


  36. Avatar March 18th, 2008 at 1:28 pm Wendy Says:

    I submitted a picture that I knew was crap just to see what happened and sure enough, they want to give me awards and honor me in Vegas! I just crack up everytime I get an email from them, it’s just ridiculous!


  37. Avatar March 20th, 2008 at 12:18 pm Danielle UNITED STATES Says:

    Picture.com is a total scam! I entered a photo that was pretty decent, but nothing spectacular. I was so excited to hear that I was a semi-finalist. However, with my journalism background, I am skeptical of ANYTHING that asks for money in order to display my work. Plus, picture.com lies outright as well. In the first of 10 e-mails I received, it stated that I “did not have to be present to win,” the cash award. When I did not buy the coffee table book, expensive plaques, silver bowl, and other miscellaneous crap offered, picture.com sent me an 11 e-mail. It stated that since I wasn’t going to be attending their fake convention, I wasn’t eligible for any prizes. What a load of bull! I am seriously considering writing an article about this scam. It’s a classical “bait and switch.”


  38. Avatar April 15th, 2008 at 12:11 pm Reginald UNITED STATES Says:

    The “managing editor” Howard Ely doesn’t exist. Him as well as a few other names are made up for the sake of putting a name on a plaque or trophy. I am married to someone who used to sort photos for that company, and myself have shot product shots for them. ALL BS. But what do you expect, its a vanity press. They prey on your VANITY. If you like seeing your name in print, they’ll gladly charge you to show it to you.


  39. Avatar June 18th, 2008 at 1:40 pm Emily B UNITED STATES Says:

    Like so many of you out there, I submitted my picture to picture.com photo contest. I thought it was a good picture and a week or so later I got an email saying how good it was, how good my artistic vision was, and that I was a semi-finalist in their International Amateur Photo Contest. I was pretty excited, after all, I didn’t think much about a scam at that point. They did say that my photo would be published in their book, but that I would maintain the copyright to it. I would have to pay for a copy of the book, which I found strange since it was my picture that was in it. Needless to say, I did not purchase the book. A day or so later, I received another email saying how they missed me in Las Vegas this year and that next year they would love for me to go there and personally show my photo to thousands of other photographers. They said there was some sort of award and a bronze medal but that I would have to pay for those too. That raised the red flag, as it didnt make any sense to me to pay for my own supposed “prize”. Luckily, I did not send them any money but instead looked up possible scams and lo and behold, I found out that it was. Its kind of sad for the people out there who genuinely love photography and, although amateur, take some pretty good pictures. Its hard to find a legitimate contest, it seems they are all scams or want you to pay big bucks to even enter you photo.


  40. Avatar November 16th, 2008 at 8:22 pm Mas Says:

    I recently attended a copyright conference in the UK about Photo contests and if you should enter them. There were a couple of guys who had set-up a foundation which checks out the legitimacy of the contest and if there are sufficient rights given to the artist to provide them with protection of their work so the sponsor doesn’t end up having additional cash in his pocket from reselling the image on and one and on.
    They are looking to broaden their wings internationally, but will need help and support as they are drowning in work as there venture has proved so successful – before you ask – it doesn’t cost anything! http://www.Pro-imaging.org
    I have recently been approached by Rippled Thoughts about displaying my work. This seems totally legitimate. I just wanted to check – has anyone heard anything to the contrary about them?


  41. Avatar January 23rd, 2009 at 1:30 pm Robert M Worth Jr Says:

    A wise man once said that there is a “sucker born every day” and
    in some cases, there could be hundreds born each day. I
    discovered picture.com is a fraud about 4-years ago. I wrote a
    a cease and desist order to them but they are persistent. The
    first clue was the first invite I got to Washington DC event
    and I couldn’t go because I was in the hospital. Yet, these
    people notoriously hounded me without ever accommodating the fact
    that I had this malady.

    Their names change continually depending on the content of the
    emails I get multiple times a week. Now, I look to them for the
    humorous side. What bozos.

    I have a few really bad photos that I think I’ll upload just to
    see what happens. Being a published photographer in a New York
    Best Seller (for real), I find that picture.com provides me with
    the best of what not to do in photography.


  42. Avatar January 21st, 2010 at 10:25 am Zack Says:

    I got involved with them back in my early and far more naive internet days (around ’02). Looking back, it smells fishy.
    Generally the same story. I think I had submitted my photo to them. I was told I was a semi-finalist, etc.
    We were first offered to have it framed for shelling out $20, which we did, and they DID deliver. It’s still hanging on the wall today.
    We were also offered the coffee table book for about $60, but we drew the line there. I was never bothered by them with other contests, “required” travel for claiming anything, nothing. I was offered commissions on any of the items that sold with my pic on them (cafe press-style stuff, mugs, shirts, etc). No one bought anything (either that, or they took the money and never said a word to me).
    At least we got a nice framed print from it.


  43. Avatar July 14th, 2010 at 9:05 pm Poet Says:

    Thanks for the info. Great looking site.


  44. Avatar September 10th, 2010 at 2:45 pm John UNITED STATES Says:

    This is a scam for sure. I received the same letters and emails back in ’02. I didn’t want to attend anything but I did at least want to see my photo in a published photography book. I was informed that 2 of my photos made it into the book. I ordered and paid for the book (about $75 including shipping).

    Come to find out the book, Endless Journeys is not “completed” therefore I have to wait. They give you an ISBN # so that you can check on the progress of the book and it continues to show not completed. SCAM 100%.



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