Africa Geographic has just disqualified Björn Persson, its 2019 Photographer of the Year. His photo of an elephant named Tim won this year’s contest. However, the judges later discovered that the image doesn’t accurately reflect Tim’s look. It turned out that Persson overdid it with photo manipulation, so he’s been stripped of his award and a new contest winner has been announced.
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National History Museum has announced that it’s disqualifying Marcio Cabral’s winning photo from the 2017 Wildlife Photographer of the Year Competition. Cabral’s image titled The Night Raider won the 2017 Animals in their Environment category.
As of 4:22 PM EST, the World Press Photo competition has decided to disqualify Giovanni Troilo’s first-prize Contemporary Issues story. After we reported yesterday that a claim against one of Troilo’s winning images was taken outside of Charleroi, WPP opened an official investigation on the matter. After speaking with Troilo, they have confirmed that the photo which depicts a painter working with live models had been actually been taken in Molenbeek, Brussels. In a press release, WPP explained:[Read More…]
It sometimes seems like the phrase “with great power comes great responsibility” has never been more true than with Adobe Photoshop. Originally released in 1990, Photoshop has grown into an application that offers both the most amazing possibilities ever available to photographers as well as the option to potentially do harm by manipulating images to show something that isn’t real.
Adobe researchers Richard Zhang and Oliver Wang, along with Sheng-Yu Wang, Dr Andrew Owns and Professor Alexi A. Efros at UC Berkeley have now developed a system for detecting some of those manipulations.
Just a few days ago, Brazilian photographer Marcio Cabral was disqualified from the 2017 Wildlife Photographer of the Year Competition when it was found out that he placed a stuffed animal in his winning image. The scandal has since gained a lot of attention that even Conan O’ Brien discussed it on his late night show.
There always seems to be some controversy or other with photo competitions these days. This time, it’s two competitions. Swiss photographer, Madeleine Josephine Fierz entered the above image into two competitions. She won first prize at the Moscow International Foto Awards and second at the Fine Art Photography Awards earlier this year. The only problem was, her winning image wasn’t hers.
The image, along with several others, were created by Thai photographer Sasin Tipchai. He’d uploaded them to free image website Pixabay. Feirz downloaded them and entered them into the competitions asher own work. Khaosod English reports that Tipchai took to the Internet to state that he was the one who’d actually shot these images, with which another photographer had received at least $3,000 in prize money.
Wildlife and their habitat are facing a new threat—from unethical practices deployed by a new breed of nature photographers. An exponential surge in the popularity of nature photography is unknowingly altering species behaviour and creating habitat disturbances.
You might remember that World Press Photo announced new guidelines last year after controversy that saw around 20% of entries disqualified, but that doesn’t seem to have slowed down the entries.
From a pool of 82.951 photos made by 5,775 photographers from 128 different countries, the contenders for the 59th annual World Press Photo Awards have been whittled down and the winners have been announced.
Of 8 themed categories, prizes went to 41 photographers in 21 countries including Australia, Austria, Brazil, Canada, China, France, Germany, Iran, Italy, Japan, Mexico, Portugal, Russia, Slovenia, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Syria, Turkey and the USA.
Australian photographer Warren Richardson has won the grand prize for World Press Photo of the Year, as well as first prize in the Spot News category.