The majority of competitions that require the use of a photograph have in the terms and conditions "Each entrant confirms that the photograph is its own work"
Well today i entered the Birdseye competition which has the above statement in its terms. The competition involves you having to make a recipe with their product and photographing it and uploading it to the facebook page. After uploading i realised a fair few of the photographs on the page are actually just pulled off the net. The reason i realised this was i had actually seen the recipe and photograph previously of one of the meals when browsing for ideas of things to make. The recipe it's uploaded for is Spicy Chicken Fajitas which you can see here. You need to click on Tasty Ideas for Dinner The photograph is also found here > Click continue to your destination to see recipe and photograph
The meal is actually Chicken and Kiwi Taco's.
On the entry it says "me my girlfriend and my mate the camra specialist" P.s. the spelling mistake in the quoted section is not mine.
I would say that this same person obviously has a fair few entries in this competition as i found several entries had just been "lifted" off of the net.
It really peeves me. For two reasons. 1) There are many (yes including me) who actually make the effort to enter correctly with their own work. 2) If someone had "lifted" one of my photographs for use in a competition and was passing it off as their own work i would be livid.
I really hope promoters of competitions actually realise that there are people about who would be more than prepared to cheat to get whatever prize is up for grabs at the time. Though going on some promotions i have seen it seems some companies are sometimes blind to the fact.
Although this doesn't spot and catch all the cheats the reverse image search TinEye can usually help some photographers find out if their images are being used elsewhere without permission.Tineye