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Before you enter any digital photo contest, remember to read the fine print. For example, some contest rules state that all submitted images become their property. That means they can use the image wherever and whenever they want.
Most photo contest sponsors are honest and reasonable... but read the full contest rules carefully. Some contest entries require that you grant a full license to the sponsor for the use of your digital images - including commercial use. In other words, you grant them the right to sell your pictures to others (and they get to keep the money!).
So, be careful about which contests you enter. And, if you do have to sign anything make sure you understand what it is your signing.