Two university professors specializing in intellectual property law are conducting what could be an intriguing study of “creativity among photographers.” To get photographers to participate in their survey, they’ve launched a nature photo contest for professional photographers. Those who participate will be paid $10, and will be eligible for a prize which may include $1,000 in cash and publication on the Huffington Post Web site.

The researchers are Christopher Sprigman, a professor at the University of Virginia’s school of law, and Chistopher Buccafusco, an assistant professor at the Illinois Institute of Technology’s Chicago-Kent College of Law.

They have asked us not to disclose the exact purpose of the study, to avoid skewing the results. But they have cleared the study with UVA’s Internal Review Board (a research ethics committee). They have also promised to share their results when the study is completed, and convinced PDN that the findings may be of particular interest to our readers.

Moreover, photographers who participate will be debriefed about the study and its exact purpose immediately after they complete the study questionnaire, Sprigman says — no need to wait for the results to be published.

To participate in the study, click here.

Sprigman expects the study to be completed by August. We will share the results with PDN readers when he and Buccafusco make them available.

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