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are your local newspapers publishing coffe table books through online photo contests?

 
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Feb 08, 2011 11:01 |  #1

yesterday another photographer told me about "capture memphis". the Commercial Appeal has set up a site where people submit photos, everyone votes, and the best of the best are published in a coffee table book with photo credit, around 200 images. there is a DVD with about 1000 more included. book costs $30 or $34. i have not seen the book.

apparently other newspapers are doing this as well. it is even sold at barnes and noble book store. i could not find anything about where the proceeds go. i assume the commercial appeal. smart editors. memphis has St. Jude, Le bonheur childrens hospital and so many more great charities. i understand newpapers aren't what they used to be but you would think they could at least donate some of the proceeds to a charity. they even used a publishing company in Washington. it is family owned but i bet there is one local too. and they advertise the book as "all" things memphis in short.

reviews are mixed. some great and at the release everyone wanted to do it again, but the locations are not disclosed so who knows where it really came from. one guy said there is a photo of road construction on the highway. it may be a great photo, i havent seen it, but the fact that it was mentioned leads me to believe it is not the only photo that is disappointing. by disappointing i mean that i would expect photos that show memphis off in a "flattering light". road construction is not flattering for any city, reality, but not something i would pay to see.

do any of you have a city coffee table book comprised of "submitted" photos? you know they are making money and laughing all the way to the bank. i would submit a photo if a charity was involved. and i bet they would sell a lot more books too.


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Nov 07, 2013 10:57 |  #2

Isn't that interesting, I would like to hear more about this sort of thing too. Anyone?


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Nov 07, 2013 11:13 |  #3

I have no idea about the Memphis book, but its a variation on an old business model. When I was in college there was a competition/submission program called the best of college photography. Pretty much everyone who submitted was accepted for at least one entry, then enticed to purchase a copy of book that contained the winners. This was pre internet so most people were thrilled to see their work in print and would fork over the cash for the book.

Heck it doesnt even have to be a photography book. Ever hear of the who's who books? Basically people would receive an invitation to submit a small biography to a compilation of important citizens. Of course everyone wants to think they are important, so they would comply, then be marketed the chance to buy this book that proved they were indeed on this list of important people.




  
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Nov 07, 2013 18:07 |  #4

Also very common in Poetry. companies would solicit for entries to a poetry collection and, of course, every entry got selected and included, with the book then being sold back to the "poets" at an inflated price.


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Nov 07, 2013 18:33 |  #5

Not only poetry . . .

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Nov 08, 2013 10:34 |  #6

gonzogolf wrote in post #16432199 (external link)
Heck it doesnt even have to be a photography book. Ever hear of the who's who books? Basically people would receive an invitation to submit a small biography to a compilation of important citizens. Of course everyone wants to think they are important, so they would comply, then be marketed the chance to buy this book that proved they were indeed on this list of important people.

I remember getting an invite for the "Who's who high school student" edition. Ridiculous.




  
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Nov 08, 2013 21:38 |  #7

moose10101 wrote in post #16434750 (external link)
I remember getting an invite for the "Who's who high school student" edition. Ridiculous.

I remember that scheme from high school as well. However, a book of names, regardless of if mine is in it, doesn't give me much joy in reading. A photography book though, based around my home city, or something else interesting to me that has submissions from other hobbyists, is more entertaining.

It depends on where you are with your photography. Several of the pros here who do it as their primary source of income won't submit their work to contests like that because they won't get paid. A hobbyist might go for it though since it's not likely he or she would ever make a dine off of the hobby.


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Nov 09, 2013 08:20 |  #8

Luxornv wrote in post #16436296 (external link)
I remember that scheme from high school as well. However, a book of names, regardless of if mine is in it, doesn't give me much joy in reading. A photography book though, based around my home city, or something else interesting to me that has submissions from other hobbyists, is more entertaining.

It depends on where you are with your photography. Several of the pros here who do it as their primary source of income won't submit their work to contests like that because they won't get paid. A hobbyist might go for it though since it's not likely he or she would ever make a dine off of the hobby.

Sure but there is often an undercurrent of dishonesty to these schemes. An I plication that you are getting the best of the images or that your submitted work has been juries or vetted and found to be worthy of the honor. The reality is that they accept submissions from as many individuals as possible to broaden their marketing base. Essentially they are selling a false honor.




  
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Nov 13, 2013 14:05 |  #9

The Star Ledger out here in NJ did this. They split the book into different chapters based on the different areas of NJ and set up a website for submitting photos. They had people vote on their favorites, but ultimately it came down to the editors to pick their favorites.

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