“Value Your Work” YUNGHI KIM Grant 2015
In this season of Thanksgiving, I have decided to gift $10,000 to members of this PJ group in recognition of the values and principles all of us hold as essential to our creative and productive well being. This one-time grant will select 10 photographers and each will be gifted with a $1,000 grant. I am doing this to emphasize the importance of copyright registration of your work and as a way for me to give back to the profession of photojournalism, an industry that I love and I am proud to be a member of for more than 32 years.
This money to be dispensed here comes from fees recovered from unauthorized use of my work and I want to share it with my fellow photographers in this group, Photojournalists Cooperative. (It’s something I have been thinking about and wanted to do for a long time and a recent confidential recovery allows). I am doing this to emphasize that, YES it makes a difference if you copyright register your work and everyone should make a practice of it in your workflow. Think of it as digital teeth brushing.
As you know image theft is rampant and registration is the first step on the road to protecting our work; it gives photographers better legal options when the work is registered. By doing so, you are also helping to map out paid image use on the internet and protecting our industry for the next artist.
In a very real way, registration acts as a deterrent to stop an infringer. Attorneys take you very seriously as it exposes an infringer to $150,000 per infringement statutory damages. I see it as a matter of survival for the creative industry.
Email me a 300 word explanation/statement of why you need the grant. This money can be to start, further or finish a project, or to help alleviate a financial hardship. Make an honest compelling case concisely and in 300 words. Ten people will be selected by me and Jeffrey Smith, director of Contact Press Images.
The deadline is midnight, EST, Sunday December 20, 2015. Ten chosen names will be announced on Christmas, December 25, 2015. Your explanation how the money will be used will NOT be detailed in the announcement, just the ten names and one image of your work so that I may post it with the announcement on my blog “One Image At A Time” and possibly release it to other media organization who want to do a story on this one time philanthropic endeavor. But you will be notified first. For cases of financial hardship, the utmost confidentiality will be observed.
-Existing member of this group Photojournalists Cooperative, as of November 25, 2015.
-For US based working freelance photojournalists (no salaried photographers, staffers or educators), those who earn the majority of their income from freelance photojournalism.
1) US mailing address with your 300 word email.
2) Please list URL to your website
3) In email SUBJECT please write: Value Your Work (a must to keep track of emails)
As always, a special thanks to Todd Bigelow, Kenneth Jarecke, Pat Downs and Jeffrey Smith.