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  • I have just been informed that a photo of mine has won second place ,its a pity i didnt enter it .
    Can anything be done about this problem ?
    thanks andy
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    If you can find out details of the competition contact the organisers and let them know.
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    not again . . .
    Andy, who informed you?
    what was the contest about, and what did they say? (congratulations, you won 'this and that' and eternal fame).
    can you provide us with a link?
    did you contact them, and ask them who entered your photo?
    On Te you can contact the ombudsman (look in the About section).

    There is the 'famous' case of the Fuji contest, where a photo from TE was used, and also won the second place;
    http://www.trekearth.com/read.php?f=1&t=459308&m=641715
    It was rather widely published on the internet, so you could see who published this story, and give them your case. Who knows, it might help.

    sincerly,
    David
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    The only thing that can be done is not to post photos to the web. My opinion is that if you choose that option, you lose out on far more than what the illegal use of one of your photos hurts you. I would contact the contest organizers to see that whoever stole your photo doesn't gain some sort of finanical reward. Perhaps the prize could even be forwarded to you. Beyond that though, not much that can be done, sad to say.
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    Andy,

    I'm sure we all sympathise. Theft is theft and it should be possible to take action to redress the situation. However, the internet is a global phenomenon and there isn't (as far as I'm aware) any central governing body to arbitrate or legislate.

    If you can find out who stole the photo and where they posted it, the best you can do is "name and shame". If it's a reputable (perhaps international) company offering the prize, they should be the ones who take action on your behalf as they might not have done enough to verify the authenticity of the "author" to whom they awarded the prize.

    Don't lose sleep over it; it happens more and more. You can "digimarc" your images and put copyright signs all over it and it can still be cloned / stolen.

    Keep posting and let's hope that someone, someday produces a solution.

    Paul.
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    With evryone else who answered on it, but If the shot was a basic resized to around 150K shot, I doubt the contest is something that will take the winner much further than that dishonest cyber accolade. Serious contests will insist that the original shot be available, often in 300dpi. As it may be published or seen/appraised out of a cyber context. Am I wrong?

    You MUST raise hell, in any case. You may not have lost much, but we all do, oin these affairs, on principle.
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    Another example of why photographers should put their name and a watermark on their photos. (TE prohibits watermarks) but even then, it can be stolen, so i agree ith the last post by kinginexile, you should always upload small file size photos at 72 dpi.
    Shame really, but no real way to totally prevent poachers.
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    <i>"you should always upload small file size photos at 72 dpi. "</i>

    This technical aspect has already been discussed many times but I'm still surprized it comes back every now and then.
    I'll do it again :

    No matter the number of DPI on a web posted image, be it 72, 300 or 2400 : IT'S THE SAME!!!! what is important is the <b>number of pixels</b> (limited to 800 on Trekearth), DPI figures are only important for printing, not for web publishing. 800 pixels is 800 pixels whatever the DPIs..
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    Surely this is most likely spam trying to get you to do something after "winning" the competition, after all if someone had stolen your picture and entered it in a contest they would be unlikely to to put your email with it.
  • Re: Stolen; dpi
    Yes, it would not matter for display purposes on a computer screen but, 72 dpi would prevent someone from using your "stolen" photo in print media.