No more free lunch from World Press Photo

I suppose it was bound to happen. I just got this email from World Press Photo:

Dear Participant of the 2010 World Press Photo Contest,

Thank you for your submission to this year’s contest, which had a record number of 101,960 images submitted by 5,847 photographers. Due to increasing costs, World Press Photo will no longer be able to distribute free copies of the annual yearbook to all photographers who participated in the contest.

However, we would like to offer you the opportunity to buy one yearbook with a 50 percent discount through our website. You can purchase the book for 12 euros in our online bookstore.

Given the number of people who submit only mainly for the free book, maybe next year there will be fewer submissions .. and they can get back to sending them out? Wishful thinking. Thanks again for all the free books in the past WPP.

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