Is It Safe To Participate In Online Photo Contests?

 

Are you thinking of participating in the online photo contests but do you have your own safety concerns in participating in these contests? Every day countless photo contests are conducted online from different parts of the world. Photographers participate in these photo contests from various parts of the world and they enjoy several benefits. At the same time we cannot totally disregard the safety concerns that are present. Therefore, it is always prudent to tread cautiously whenever you want to participate in the online photo contests. Here are a few tips that will help you stay safe when participating in the online photo competitions.

You will come across different types of contests, free photo competitions and paid competitions. Try to look for free competitions so that you are not required to spend any money to enter the contest. If you are joining one such free contest, you should make certain that the free contests are truly free contests and that they do not charge you at any stage of the contest. You will come across platforms that announce the contests as free contests and get many people signup but at some stage, they would ask the contestants to pay a fee either to check their results or to go to the next stage. You do not want to work with such companies or join such contests. There are 100% free contests and it is possible to find such contests online. 

If you are asked to share your personal information when joining the contest, exercise caution before you blindly share any information that is asked of you. If they ask unnecessary information such as your credit card details or your banking information, you must abstain from sharing such information and you should also flee from such platforms immediately. At times some of these platforms would try to lure people by announcing huge cash prizes. Do not be lured by such baits. Regardless of the cash prizes or impressive rewards, do your homework to check the credibility of the contest platform. Only when you have established that the online platform has been in the industry for several years you should proceed to signup for the contest. Several new contest platforms emerge but you should not take risks by joining random platforms. 

Also, you must pay attention to the contest terms and conditions before joining. It is important to know what you are getting into before you sign up. Who will own the copyright of the photos you submit? How will the photos you submit to the contest be used? All these questions should be asked in advance so that you know that your rights are not infringed. Take your time to review and screen all these factors and only after you have ensured that everything is in place you should proceed to signup and start submitting your work. Many photographers rush to signup in these photo contests without paying attention to all these details and end up complaining about their safety later. Do not make such mistakes when you join your photo contests online.  

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