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I have an image that was taken in the UK in the early 2000's. It features several individuals in a public park. I think it is a great photo and let's say for the sake of argument that it is technically sharp and would get accepted. I am trying to determine a few things. 1) Is there a way to share this photo with a person or group that could help provide advice without the photo getting leaked? 2) Should I just upload it and see what happens (I don't have a release for anyone). 3) Is there any reason ethically that I should not post photos from the past or present in public venues where I have no way of getting releases from people. I am new to this, so not sure how to handle that. Thanks. 

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There is no problem submitting photos of people in public, BUT, they must be submitted as Editorial.  Whether it is ethical is a question for your own conscience. 

Here's a link that explains how to submit editorial images. 

https://www.shutterstock.com/contributorsupport/articles/en_US/kbat02/How-do-I-submit-editorial-content?l=en_US&fs=Search&pn=1

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aminkorea,

I see, without a proper release form, it would be editorial. What if there are too many people to get releases from (like a crowd), they would reject it if you don't submit as editorial or don't have the release forms? Thanks for the help on ethics. I will think about that. Great link thanks. 

So, what you do think about this scenario, I have lots of images that I would like to ask people for advice on, if there is no sensitive content, but I don't have release forms, I can submit them to the forum without an issue? E.g. I have a picture of a person or building that might require a release, but I need some technical advice before I submit. Can I submit to the forum without consequence? I am not technically selling the photo yet, but I am distributing it into the world. 

One final thought, does it matter where the photo was taken or is that something I can count on the reviewer to know? I will read the full article to see if I can find that answer, but thought I would throw this out there. I am looking at the example image and editorial description to understand it fully. 

 

Thanks, 

Jason 

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 aminkorea,

That comes with the territory (the internet). Copyright/theft is always a concern, but I am more interested in rules in general. Posting in the forum vs submission. I think I have what I need and I can read the forums rules again just to be sure. That is a great link and is exactly what I am looking for! Thanks. 

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