Is there a person alive who hasn’t taken a photograph ? Seems unlikely. With digital technology it’s easy to capture moments in time and share them with the world.
It’s harder to photograph ballet really well – but I bet there are some unseen photos just waiting for their moment in the sun. Are they yours ?
And that’s what I want to do here. With your classical ballet photographs.
Have you taken a really fab shot of a classical ballet dancer or group of ballet dancers ? In rehearsal, class, performance or other scenario ? Perhaps you are a dancer and have taken some stunning images of your colleagues either performing or rehearsing. Something insightful that speaks volumes about a ballet dancer’s life. You only need one GREAT image. Send it in !
It doesn’t matter how old or new the image is – and it can be mono or colour, indoors or outside – on the beach or near the ocean; in the studio or the wings.
You’ll need to be quite intrepid to make your image really stand out – photography is popular ! Try to find an unusual angle/time of day/light condition and make your shot really interesting and different. It’s vital that the photo is your own, and that it tells a story.
The very best of the best will find their way into publication on Ballet News – the best of the best being a photograph that tells a unique story and utterly captivates the viewer.
The good news is – there aren’t many!
All you need to make sure is that you’ve not published your image before (because I’m looking for original work) and that you own the copyright of that image. It doesn’t matter whether you’re a professional photographer or an amateur – but you must not have published or been paid for your image previously in any format.
When you submit your entry, please let me know :
* when and where you took the photograph
* who is in the photograph
* make and model of camera used
* has the photograph been digitally enhanced in any way ?
* confirm that you own the copyright and any relevant release forms (for example if you’ve used a particular location where permission needs to be sought prior to you taking the photographs, and if your photo contains identifiable people or logo images and/or similar trademarks, works of art, cartoons, sculptures, haute couture and costumes etc, then you’ll also need the relevant permission). You’ll be asked to send a copy of the release form/s along with your image as this is really important. Copyright laws vary from country to country and if you are taking photographs then you should make it your business to understand those relevant laws.
A note on copyright
Copyright protection lasts for the lifetime of the owner in most cases and in most countries, plus a period of time lasting between 50 years and 70 years thereafter. In Europe and the Unites States of America it’s 70 years. You do not need to seek permission to photograph a copyrighted work after this period of time.
Don’t let copyright put you off; the most important thing is to keep in it mind when taking photographs and check when you aren’t sure. Some people think that because they are in the photograph, they own it. That’s not the case; it’s the photographers original work, so make sure your subjects understand copyright as it affects your work. Remember, once you have taken some great photographs then you too will want copyright protection!
By submitting your photograph you give permission for Ballet News to publish it.
Copyright remains with the copyright owner at all times.
If you want Ballet News to act as a gallery and sell rights to your image then please do contact me first and we will discuss terms.
It’s over to you…..
So what are you waiting for ?
Let me know if you’d like your image to be considered here, and I’ll get back to you.
The competition is open until Christmas so you have plenty of time to compose the perfect story and capture it forever.