I had entered one of my photos in a contest at PHOTO.com a year ago and got this email back today... keep in mind on their site they advertise a $10,000 grand prize... mind you i never received the first email they say they sent...
<b>EMAIL TITLE: Your Photography Awards--Final Notice</b>
Two weeks ago, we informed you that you and your artistic accomplishments could have been honored at the International Society of Photographers Convention and Symposium in the United States capital, Washington D.C., even though you were unable to attend.
If you have not already taken dvantage of this special opportunity, this is your
final chance to do so. Time is limited for you to elect to receive your awards and
benefits of the ISP membership that we have scheduled for you, provided that you will allow us to present your photo "Then and Now" (see your photo here) at our next convention. Your awards, which will be shipped to you at this time, include your custom engraved Outstanding Achievement in Photography Silver Award Bowl (see it here), your bronze Commemorative Award Medallion, and your Full One
Year Membership into the International Society of Photographers for 2005.
In this regard, we have arranged for your photographic artistry to be prominently displayed at a future international gathering of photographers. Your photograph,
along with your name, will be presented exactly as you created it, so that your artistry receives the international exposure it deserves. In this way, over 1,000 attending photographers and their guests, who come from all over the world to attend
the convention, will appreciate your photograph.
And let me tell you a little about the actual awards and ISP membership benefits that you will receive by mail immediately after you confirm your participation in this prestigious event by allowing us to showcase your photo:
-- Your Outstanding Achievement in Photography Silver Award Bowl (a $200.00 value) is a magnificent work of art in itself that measures over 10 inches across and over 11 inches high. It is handcrafted in silver and has your name custom-engraved on a
beautiful cherry-wood base (see it here). It is certain to enjoy a special place of pride in your home and will serve as a fitting symbol of your unique photographic artistry.
-- Your bronze Commemorative Award Medallion is a deeply etched bronze medal (a $40.00 value) brilliantly displayed on a 25-inch red, white and blue satin ribbon.
-- And your Full One Year Membership into the International Society of Photographers for 2005 (a $60.00 value) entitles you to a personalized membership card, special discounts and contests, and a free subscription to our quarterly newsletter. Please
note, if you are already an ISP member, your benefits will be extended an additional year.
Michael, all that's required for us to immediately send you all of these Awards is for you to allow us to formally display your photograph "Then and Now at the next convention. Additionally, because you were not present at our last convention, <b>we must also ask you for the necessary funds ($169.00 plus p+h) to cover the costs of the time and effort required to present your photography before future convention attendees, and to cover the costs incurred in insuring and shipping to you these extremely bulky and heavy awards. </b>
Michael, we are, of course, ultimately most interested in meeting you and having you personally present your artistry in front of the thousands of other photographers who attend these live events. Unfortunately, this was not the case, so we're trying to do the next best thing. But we sincerely hope to personally present you with your most deserved awards in the future.
International Society of Photographers
Convention Awards Chairperson
P.S. You'll also receive a $100.00 gift certificate off the registration of a
future ISP convention so that we can formally recognize your photographic
accomplishments in person at a date that's convenient to you.
they're asking for 170 essentially for S&H for the "bulky" awards... i've shipped entire computer systems for $40 accross country! and wow, 100 dollar gift certificate too! lol :finger: