Using Reference Library photos in competitions
I have been recently reading up on a number of "call for submissions" shows and contests and several of them specify that the artist must have the copyright to a photo image in order to submit a painting based on that photo. Would WetCanvas reference images fit in that kind of an environment or does the painting need to be sufficiently different (i.e. the photo truly was just a starting point) to qualify?? Or does the use of Reference Library images imply that the painter can assert that they have copyright? (To answer my own question I don't think so but I need to ask).
Is there any solution? Could a person ask the photographer for the "copyright" to the image on some kind of a basis?
Thanks, complicated I know and clearly it is best to do paintings from your own photographs if you are going to use the photograph as a major source of the painting. However, having said that, I am starting a series of butterfly pictures and it is winter where I am and there will be NO butterflies for some time while the Reference Library is chock full of them, many very good (thank you all for that!!!!)