Well a few weeks ago I submitted a few images to a photo contest that Bing is putting on through their facebook fan page... The winning photo gets featured on the bing homepage as the background for day in January... Anyway, yesterday I got an email letting me know that I was one of ten finalists selected, and that voting will be open until 12/20.
Well as of today I am winning the stupid thing, and by the comments the image has received I think I am leading by a pretty wide margin.
Here is info regarding what happends when you win...
"After the close of the final round, the photo that received the most votes will be declared the winner. The Bing photo contest will have only one winner. The winning photo will be featured on www.bing.com as the official homepage photo for 24 hours on January 6, provided that the photo is in compliance with the Contest Rules. Microsoft may choose to use any hot spots within the winning photo but is not obligated to do so. The winning photographer will be given credit for the photo."
And here is the legal stuff.
"All digital images must be original work. Participants retain ownership rights to their photos. You must have taken the photograph yourself, and submitted photos cannot violate the privacy or intellectual property rights of any person or entity. This shall include, but not be limited to, all third party copyrighted materials.
By submitting your photograph you grant Microsoft Corporation and its affiliates (collectively, "Microsoft") an unlimited, irrevocable, worldwide, royalty-free, perpetual, nonexclusive right and license to use, reproduce, publish, modify, perform and display the image and any hot spots on the www.bing.com webpage or any replacement or successor to such web page, any sub domains, any international versions of www.bing.com, and in any marketing or advertising of any kind related thereto, in any medium now known or later developed.
Microsoft will not pay you any compensation for your photograph or any use we may make of it. Microsoft is not obligated to use your photograph and we may not notify you if we do not use it. By submitting your photograph you agree and represent to Microsoft that you are the photographer and the sole copyright owner of the photograph."
So from what I gather, if I did win, I would get credit for the photo, and then they in turn could use it for whatever they want essentially. I've gotten some decent exposure from this (100+ views on my personal website yesterday) and would get credit if I did win... but I'm not so excited about what they could potentially do with it after the contest...
Here is a link to the image, which contains a link to the contest... you'd need a facebook account to go to the actual contest page btw...