Award-winning Australian photographer Lisa Saad recently found herself in the middle of a photo stealing scandal. After it was discovered that she had created her artwork using other photographers’ images, several major organizations decided to strip her of her prizes and memberships.
Prestigious competition the Hamdan International Photography Award (HIPA) recently announced its 2019 winners. Among them was Malaysian photographer Edwin Ong Wee Kee, whose photo of a Vietnamese mother carrying two children won the Grand Prize of $120,000. However, a behind-the-scenes shot of this moving image has been going around. And it shows that, apparently, the winning photo of the HIPA contest was staged.
62nd year in a row, The World Press Photo Foundation has run the renowned World Press Photo of the Year contest. The finalists of the 2019 contest have just been announced, and these are powerful images that tell stories from all over the world.
In recent years I’ve been privileged to be on the jury for a whole range of photography competitions. These include single image competitions such as WPS International Excellence Awards, Masters of Wedding Photography and the Irish wedding photography awards (In association with Learning to Fly). And with a different focus, I’ve judged a couple of competitions which require a series of images to be submitted forming a documentary narrative. Thes were MyWed Nikon Wedding Photographer of the Year and This is Reportage Awards. I’ll create a separate blog post with my thoughts about judging these competitions and what I learned along the way. This post is really about competitions in general and why photographers should be entering them. And no, they aren’t fixed. They are just subjective (IMHO, please don’t shoot me!).
The Wellcome Trust is the world’s second largest charitable trust with an endowment of approximately £23.2 billion (~USD$30 billion). For the past 20 years, it has produced a photo contest called the Wellcome Image Awards, and this year, it rebranded the contest as the Wellcome Photography Prize.
The Prize is free to enter, and images can be submitted into one of four categories. Each category winner receives £1,250 while the overall winner receives a prize of £15,000 (~USD$19,000). Furthermore, the winners and shortlist entries will be displayed at the Lethaby Gallery of the University of the Arts London.
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.
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.
Sony World Photography Awards has recently revealed stunning shortlisted and commended photos from their 2018 competition. They reached the record-breaking number of submissions, with nearly 320,000 images from all over the world. That’s a whopping a 40% increase in entries compared to the previous year, and I’m sure the judges had a difficult task of making the selection of the best photos. In this article, take a look at some of the best images that compete for the title of Photographer of the Year.