Monday, April 03, 2006

International Library of Photography

The International Library of Photography! Enter online to win cash prizes!

Thanks, but I’ll pass on that.

The Photography Contest that Hunts for Innocent Photographers

Today's Woman Writing Community has received, and continues to receive, numerous complaints regarding Circle of Photographs, a company that operates under many names including Arts and Kids, International Library of Photography, Circle of Photographers,,,, and International Society of Photography, just to name a few.

Circle of Photographers states that their mission is to promote photography and photographers through technical workshops, improvisation cessions and contests. An independent panel of experts reviews photographs based on the following criteria: technical quality, composition, flow, texture and light. Amateurs and professionals compete for publication and for a prize of $5000. This is a free contest, open to all and based on merit.

However, a google search for International Library of Photography returns a message board with nearly 100 messages posted regarding consumer experiences with the company. It would appear that the folks of (International Library of Poetry) are now preying on photographers in the same manner that they preyed on innocent poets. has brought so much publicity that 20-20’s show did a documentary on them in 1998 , where a bunch of second graders submitted poems and announced that they were all winners.

Now the International Library of Photography are using the same familiar tactics that they did with

It makes me wonder what is next for the company.

Rose DesRochers

Related links:

The Poetry Contest that Hunts for Innocent Writers
International Library of Poetry Contests
International Library of Photography thread, part 2 Q&A: Trouble with International Library of Photography
International Library Of Photography- Today's Woman Writers Warnings

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doobyus said...

Y'know, give people an opportunity to stroke their own egos and money is to be made... sad.

Anonymous said...

It's bad enough they have to prey on poets, but to target photographers too! I'm a amature photographer and I write poetry and short stories, and it just maddens me when I see all these 'free' contests that only end in heartache.

Rose DesRochers said...

Doob, yes it is sad.

Anon, I don't normally allow anon posts without a name but in your case, I've made an exception. Well said.