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Photography rights grabs, erosion of freedom, the fightback begins and blogging helps

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In an effort to hold back the tide of rights-grab photographic competitions and to educate those that unwittingly enter them, Pro-Imaging (a UK-based photographers organisation and discussion list) has recently launched a campaign of naming and shaming.  Anyone can submit to the PI website the name of a competition they feel is unfair and PI in turn will investigate.
They have drawn up a Bill of Rights which lists how they feel a photo-competition should be run.   This will be used as a basis to check the Rules of Entry and Terms and Conditions of various submitted competitions.  Already given a black mark are some household names; Adobe, Nikon, Canon, National Geographic, Panasonic and the UK Government … so it seems no-one is too large to be spared.
The campaign has gained a great deal of support on the web and in print, this week the British Journal of Photography reported a recent success of changed T&C’s as a direct result of the PI campaign.
A campaign such as this can only highlight the power of the internet with websites and blogs being a fantastic method of galvanising far-flung individuals who share a common interest and giving them a sense of community and a powerful voice.  Quite by brilliant coincidence the manchesterphotography blog has a great link to an article in the Times which discusses why we need to hang on to our freedom.
This ties in nicely with another big issue gaining much debate at the moment, that of photographers rights to take images in public places.  Ignited in a big way by the Metropolitan Police’s rather provocative campaign asking the general public to become their eyes and ears.  See the posters below, first is the original and underneath a rather humerous counter created by EPUK , another internet-based organisation whose membership is mostly editorial photographers.  See more on their campaign here and here.
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As if that wasn’t enough for you, check out this link.  Here we have a rather misguided and ill-informed Community Support Officer tackling an innocent street photographer in London recently.  
 

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Deutsche Borse Prize 2008; Esko Mannikko, John Davies, Jacob Holdt, Fazal Sheikh.

For anyone who wants a look at the four shortlisted candidates for the Deutsche Borse Prize 2008 then trundle over here click on the gallery view and there are a selection of thumbnails from each of the finalists’ images plus a short biography. Thanks to lensculture.com for a great bit of work.  The eventual winner, announced on 5 March 2008, was Esko Mannikko from Finland for his retrospective exhibition shown at Millesgarden, Stockhom entitled “Cocktails 1990-2007″.  
Two images from the winning exhibition are below.  
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“I am a photographer of fish, dogs and old men”, Männikkö once said. Bringing to attention stories which carry a universal poignancy, Männikkö shows us a world where animals, objects and people are all portrayed and treated with the same mutual respect and childlike wonder.
The three other nominated artists were: 
John Davies (UK) for his exhibition “The British Landscape” at Bradford National Media Museum.  He uses panoramic black and white photography to document the changing post-industrial landscape of Britain between 1979-2005.
Jacob Holdt (Denmark) for “United States 1970-1975″ a book which documents the lives of people he met whilst hitchhiking across the USA.  
Fazal Sheikh (USA) for the publication “Ladli” which seeks to examine the enduring prejudices against women in contemporary Indian Society.
For further information on the prize click here.  All shortlisted work can be seen until April 5th 2008 at the Photograpers’ Gallery, London.  Click here to go to their home site.