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Joy Bland , Jul 23, 1999; 02:41 p.m.

Does any one know the address and phone number of The International Library of Photography. I entered the contest, didn't get the book and am now trying to turn them into the BBB but need the above information. Thanks for any informat


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Joe Hearst , Jul 23, 1999; 02:50 p.m.

3600 Crondall Lane Suite 101 Owings Mills, MD 21117 410-363-4800 www.thephotosite.com

I sent in an entry, and when I was told I was a "semifinalist" decided to risk 33 cents to see what their prize might be. Looks just like these magazine sweepstakes.

Gary Watson , Jul 23, 1999; 08:52 p.m.

Good luck. It's a scam of the first order. Forget the BBB route; you'd likely be #3,235,785 in line looking for satisfaction. Chalk it up to experience and don't sucker for such cons again.

M. Huber , Jul 24, 1999; 05:58 p.m.

They also have a web page where they show the "winning pictures." I was checking it out for a friend, who by the way was also a semi-finalist. I believe I found it through a "search." She also needed the phone #. I don't know the ending to her story. I think she just began ignoring everythning.

Trudi Jakes , Jul 23, 2001; 09:26 a.m.

I enterd a couple of shots also and was told and shown on web that they will be published in 3 seperate books,

natures palette: sceduled release 31/1/02/ ISBN: 0-7951-5096-2, code:113. Mysterious Motion: ISBN: 0-7951-5098-9. Sketches of the eye: ISBN: 0-7591-5095-4 I checked with online book stores and did find an old copy of one of their books dated 1999. the web site is Picture.com, if anyone finds out more info to help me please let me know asap, I have not sent money for books, but I was hoping they were legit as it will aid my future career.

Soumen Ghosh , Sep 02, 2001; 09:12 a.m.

I already paid for a book named Digital Memoir" through credit card but yet to receive the book. Are they fraud? Dows anybody know in detail about them?

Laszlo Horvath , Sep 05, 2001; 07:33 p.m.

I also sent some images to them and recieved the same letter, as everyone. Some of my pictures have been scheduled for publishing. They first said in the letter wich I recieved, that the book called "Quest for Tomorrow" will be released on September 30, 2001. I checked on there website and learned that this book will be released on November 30, 2001. And the same applies for "Sketches of the Eye". Furthermore I found on there website that my picture wich they told me that will be published in "Quest for Tomorrow" in fact will be published in Sketches of the Eye". So I would not send them any money.

Pat Reeman , Oct 25, 2001; 01:33 p.m.

Their address is:
The International Library of Photography,
3600 Crondall Lane,
Suite 101,
Owing Mills,
MD 21117
Phone No: 410 363 4800

I got this information from the BBB in Maryland where they are members (there are no unresolved complaints so far). Link to Baltimore BBB Web Site

The whole photo competition and book idea is very clever and the company would be pretty stupid not to continue and publish the books because they are still making a huge profit - the cost of the books should tell you that. Hope everyone's problems get resolved.

Pat Reeman , Oct 25, 2001; 01:41 p.m.

Sorry, the link I gave above won't work (it has been protected by the BBB). You can go to: http://www.baltimore.bbb.org/ and then to the Members List where you can search the name out (you can just put "International" in and it will be listed.

RAnn Ostoich , Jan 08, 2002; 06:40 p.m.

I sent the following complaint and questions to the International Library of Photography on January 2nd 2002...... Subject: Which book, if any I was told my entry titled "My favorite cousin" was to be published in Quest For Tomorrow to be released on September 30, 2001.

I was told the same entry titled "My favorite cousin" was to be published in Frozen Highlights to be released in Fall of 2001.

I was told the same entry titled "My favorite cousin" was to be published in Natures Palette to be released on April 30, 2002

Can you tell me which book if any it will be iincluded in? Does anyone really win these contests or is it just as everyone is telling me? I have been told by many that picture.com only wants our money when we buy the books to see our photos in print and that is why any photo submitted is made a semi finalist and all the notification letters received by every submitter is identical?

Please respond,

Thank You

Following is there response........recieved Tuesday, January 08, 2002 04:37:49 PM Subject: RE: Which book, if any Dear Ruth, You are featured in the book Pathway to the Future.

We do not accept every photo that is entered into our contest. They are judged before being accepted.

Yes we do offer you to purchase books but you do not need to purchase a book to be published. If we did not we would not sell products we could not afford the contest. The Grand Prize for each individual contest is $1,000.00. For each individual contest there are forty First Prizes of $35.00, four in each of 10 categories. Seventy-three Second Prizes of gifts with a retail value of $25.00 each are awarded without regard to category. We award additional prizes in case of ties. You may check the list of winners on our website.

Thank you

As you can see they did not answer my question but instead gave me more questions. Where are my pictures going to be published and when? Everyone I know that has sent even the most horrible photo in got the same identical letter that I'm sure we all have. I have 6 or 7 photos that were to be published and when I check to see the publication dates for the book they are to be in , they have changed the name of the publication and the date. I am sure they will never be published. My question is to all of you reading this.......Do you know anyone personally that has won an online photo contest? If so what is the contest site?

Thank You

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