Iconic Britain Competition

Iconic Britain is a photographic competition that aims to find 100 images that define Britain. Powered by Microsoft Live Search, a new image sourcing network, you can win prizes both by submitting a photo and voting on other people’s entries, with Nikon Coolpix and D60 DSLR cameras on offer.


The Iconic Britain competition is open to residents of the United Kingdom, and it runs from 19th June to 14th August 2008. A panel of experts will choose the category winners and their favourite British icon. You can enter and vote in the contest at http://www.iconicbritain.com

10 Responses to “Iconic Britain Competition”

  1. Mike Brown says:

    You may want to look at this competition a bit closer before advertising it. You can go to the site, search for a subject and enter a photo, ANYBODIES PHOTO. This campaign is encouraging users to violate other photographers copyright. Microsoft should be absolutely ashamed of themselves. Maybe I should put my legal copy of Windoze on the net and encourage people to use that in any way they wanted?

  2. Submit someone elses photograph to win a Nikon camera, what a ridiculous competition! A competition that encourages copyright theft with a lame disclaimer telling people not to use copyrighted images but presents them with copyrighted images to choose from. Several of my images are in there and I am yet to see a response to my complaint email to them.

    Why should someone win a competition with a stolen image when there is enough EXIF data in there to locate the owner of the work?

  3. Jim Bryant says:

    You know.If someone happens go grab one of my photosoff my website site to submit. I’m gonna sue everyone involved. What MSN is doing is illegal. It’s called thief of copyrighted photos in my country.

  4. dog says:

    I found 5 of my photos. They should be ashamed. I notified them. The contest is over.

  5. lilburne says:

    They had over 100 of mine. The initial stage of this comp was simply copyright infringement from start to finish. Nice to see Nikon disassociate themselves from it.

    The second stage apparently is to involve 500 photos that MS have already bought the rights to. IOW the whole thing of people finding a voting on images was a complete sham.

  6. Jason says:

    Worth a try!

  7. Joe says:

    it is the subject of the image, not the image itself that people are suppose to submit. Also if your image is online, then anyone can get it anyway, that is the whole purpose of the internet isn’t it???

    I won a £400 Nikon DSLR on this competition and the prizes are given away at random, so no one is really profiting from your work.

    If you don’t want people to use your images don’t put them online, just as you wouldn’t leave them on a bus… simple!

  8. “If you don’t want people to use your images don’t put them online, just as you wouldn’t leave them on a bus… simple!”

    What a crock of sh…

    Having your images online in your own personal space is not the same as leaving them on a bus.

    Using copyrighted images is theft pure and simple and thats the stance of the law in this country and most others! So taking these images is more like someone breaking into your house (or car) to take them.

  9. Calum Macnab says:

    Joe: Microsoft should not be displaying other people’s photos on their website without permission, whether they were on the internet or not. By your logic, just because a film is being shown in the cinema, it’s OK to take in a video camera to record it. Of course it isn’t!

    Photographers should be able to display work online without it being stolen. Especially if it’s by a company as big as Microsoft.

    But then again, I would expect nothing less from Microsoft.

  10. Joe says:

    Rob: When I visit any internet site, a cached version of that site is stored on my hard drive, including images and all other media. This is something that is built in to all browsers. This means you could sue everyone who visits your site for breach copyright no? You’d be a millionaire!

    I suggest watermarking your images in Photoshop, that’s what i do. Also it is not like stealing my car or breaking in to my house because right-click > Save As is much easier than hot-wiring a car or climbing through my kitchen window, plus the consequences of such an act is far lower.

    The debate of copyright on the internet will go on for a long time, but it is very naive of everyone to think that images/video/music/text etc stored online will only be viewed and consumed by an audience selected by the author alone. One of the billions of people online will infringe your ‘rights’.

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