During my last trip, I took, of course, a lot of shots and sent some to a.net. One of this shot was a cabin shot taken in-flight on a BA Triple-7. It was rejected for “badpeople”. Here’s the shot:
I then appealed the rejection because I honestly thought the picture met a.net standards. Hours later, the picture was being screened by the Editor-in-
Chief of Airliners.net. The appeal was rejected. Of course I was unhappy with the decision but I thought next time I would wait a different situation to take a cabin picture.
What really get me angry was the following. Some little hours later, this shot was accepted in the database (and got a few hits eh?):
Photo © Marlo Plate - IBERIAN SPOTTERS
And then this one….
Photo © Alexander Kueh
I was wondering what was the reason for those decisions was. Not that those pictures aren’t nice. In fact, I like them a lot as it shows how it was in the cabin during the flight. The point is that it is personally really frustrating to see my work rejected while something very similar got accepted.
Now I would like to quote something I got in the appeal rejection e-mail:
You need permission from the people pictured on the photo to be
allowed to publish it. Generally we do not accept photos with
people on them as our database is primarily for airliners. There
are some exceptions though. The rule essentially is that the
primary subject of the photo must be the aircraft, not the
person. If the person is clearly recognizable (facing the camera,
clear mention that permission was given by that person must be
stated in your remarks.
Regarding my picture, I do not see anyone facing my lense. The only person I see is the woman in the left-hand aisle with the man searching for something in the overhead bin. Correct me if I’m wrong , but the lady is far for being the primary subject of the picture. The primary subject was the overall cabin, showing the PTVs in the dark cabin atmosphere, plus showing you how nice the BA 777 cabin., .Plus, I personally think she’s isn’t clearly recognizable as some passengers are in some a.net cabin pictures in the database.
Now I know that screening can’t be perfectly regular. I know screeners are doing a hard job and that the decisions may be difficult from time to time. I’m just a honest photographer who gave his best to bring you something nice (plus there are not loads of BA 777 cabin pictures in the database).
Any comments/feedback/help/explanations would be much appreciated. Thank you.