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to think DS1 is being fobbed off here

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Saker Mon 01-Oct-12 12:39:54

Ds1 won two heats of the WWT photography competition. They had a separate heat for each season of the year and for each centre, and he was in the under-18s category so I realise there would have been a few winners and it's not like he's been chosen as photographer of the year or something.

But the prize for winning a heat is, according to the rules, a photography workshop worth £120 run by a company called Wild Arena. I have requested him a day off school to go on this workshop next week and I now find that it is a 2.5h session in the afternoon consisting of an hour's presentation and a question and answer session and a critique of the competitors' work. There isn't even an opportunity to leave the visitor centre and try and take some photos outside. Wild Arena are advertising a similar workshop the same morning, only with an outside session, and that costs £29, so I know that it's not worth anything near £120. Of course it's a prize and probably he should be grateful for what he's got, but he was really looking forward to this and now it really feels like he and the other winners are just being fobbed off with the absolute bare minimum. AIBU?

HereLittleKitty Mon 01-Oct-12 12:41:23

Does seem a bit of a shitty prize, but not sure what you could do?

LadySybildeChocolate Mon 01-Oct-12 12:41:55

Sounds naff to me. Do you have to go?

Saker Mon 01-Oct-12 12:44:01

No he probably won't bother going now as it means arranging childcare for Ds2 getting home from school, missing or rearranging his dancing lesson (which also affects his dance partner) and trailing 45min to get there and then me hanging around for 2h while he does it. I don't think there is anything I can do really - I will probably grumble to the WWT but I wanted to check I wasn't being unreasonable before I do.

LadySybildeChocolate Mon 01-Oct-12 12:46:22

No, you're not being unreasonable. What does the winner get? A 3 hour lecture?

Saker Mon 01-Oct-12 12:53:24

The overall kids' prize is a week's adventure holiday but it will probably turn out to be a SAGA weekend or something!

LadySybildeChocolate Mon 01-Oct-12 12:55:14


CandiStaton Mon 01-Oct-12 12:57:23

well done to your ds though saker!

you must be proud smile

Saker Mon 01-Oct-12 13:03:12

Yes I am proud, he did well. Only thing now is that he's eyeing up very expensive digital slrs for Christmas.

GoEasyPudding Mon 01-Oct-12 13:04:17

There is something you can do.

Reading up on a competition site they advise you copy in the original wording of the prize advertising in an email and politley remind them of what they promised.

They also advise putting something nice on facebook and twitter if you don't get anywhere with the first email.

Finally you can complain to ASA: Advertising Standards Authority - or the IPM: Institute of Promotional Marketing -

Really hope this helps as your DS should be able to enjoy the prize as it was advertised to you.

Saker Mon 01-Oct-12 13:11:43

Ok thanks, I will email at least in the first instance. I would have thought that some of the other winners might be complaining also. The woman in charge sent the email out last thing on Friday and now is on annual leave for a week, so I wonder if there was anything significant in that timing!

digerd Mon 01-Oct-12 14:37:07

Don't believe in coincidences !!!!!!

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