and the winners are...

wow, getting a hundred comments was like pulling teeth! But we made it in the end and created a great wave of enthusiasm across various social networks as well as had fun doing so all the while and that's what matters. I can't thank you all enough for making the effort to spread the word about giving credit, I do hope it's a topic of conversation that keeps spreading to help make the online community we have going here a more rewarding and inspiring place to be. I've thoroughly enjoyed reading all your comments and blog posts in reaction to the new "giving credit" prints.

Choosing winners has been rather more difficult than I expected as there have been so many thoughtful comments. Among them I loved Natalie's honesty in her comment,

"I have to admit I’m not the best at giving credit where credit is deserved… the part about finding it on weheartit really hit home. I will for sure go that extra step and give the original person credit"

along with Tricia's fab frankness,

"Not only is it common courtesy, it’s the right thing to do. Stand up and be proud of things you find interesting and beautiful instead of feeling jealous and insecure – promote your fellow artists work and it will come back to you."

I loved this remark from sweet Hayley:

"The internet is an intricate WEB of information, not a one way flowing river, and really, giving credit is just good karma!"

while Michelle said,

"I would feel almost as if part of my identity were stolen".

Dear Tara wrote,

"too many people seem to mistakenly have the idea that anything online is free" which I whole-heartedly agree, and mommycammille said,

"If something is good enough to capture your attention, then you owe the creator credit" - indeed.

Another one that resonated with me was this from Kim:

"...for me personally it can be so frustrating to come across an image and want to know more – who made it, where it came from, the story behind it – but not have even a link or a name as a jumping off point!"

And this one from Dara:

"It is hard enough to create works of art without having to worry that your creativity and talent will get taken from you. There is nothing easier than adding a little “photo by” at the bottom of a photograph or image. If nothing else, it gives the artist a little jolt of appreciation and if there’s one thing we could all appreciate more in this world, it is artists."

See the difficulties in picking two clear winners? But I finally chose two. Please join me in giving thanks and congratulations to Rebecca and Debbie for their lovely comments...

....................................... These are stunning!! I love the deep sea colour. Reading this flow chart has made me realise that I need to work harder at giving appropriate credit when I use other peoples images. The old saying ‘do to others as you would like done to you’ comes to mind, and I’d love to be properly recognised for the work that I’ve done & others should be too. Also, I feel that if we recognise people properly for their effort, they will continue creating & inspiring (which can only lead to more good things!). Thanks for creating such an inspiring blog xx Rebecca ....................................... As a teacher librarian I am always driving home the message of plagiarism to my students as they have no concept of intellectual property. I would love one of these posters to have in the classroom to teach a whole new generation to respect and credit the intellectual property and the creativity of others! Wonderful idea! Debbie .......................................

Thank you everyone for your support, encouragement and continued enthusiasm for this topic. Remember, for those of us who blog, we were all blog novices at some point and no doubt posted images with 'sources unknown' in the early days. But we've learnt, and this print is a culmination of what we've learnt and what we feel is important to pass on to others who are new to the online world, or who have not quite worked out the importance of crediting thus far. This is a starting point, a place to create awareness and support of one another.

May online artists prosper!

all photos taken on my iphone using instragram

While on the topic of crediting, I'd like to take this opportunity to say thank you to my dear friend Kylie who, when I hollered from her living room a few weeks ago, "I'm hopeless at picking colour words  - have you any ideas for words that are more creative than 'green, pink, yellow and grey?" and she answered boldly and confidently, "yes! how about 'deep sea, fuchsia, butterscotch and storm cloud'!" Brilliant I thought, and hence the names of the print colours were born. Kylie and her incredibly generous creative community in Brisbane will be the topic of my next post, so stay tuned.