EP 010: Competition Corruption Part II
Still on the topic of photography competitions, Mez and Toby zero in on the entrants, and boy oh boy, are there some stories to be told here. It seems there are no limits to the lengths some people will go to in order to get ahead in the game, from the smallest comps to the most prestigious in the photography world. When money and prestige is the reward, play gets dirty very quickly, and even anteaters aren’t safe!! What? Trust us … just listen.
Nikon Photo Awards – Photoshopped plane into scene – https://www.digitaltrends.com/photography/nikon-photo-contest-fail/
Wildlife Photographer of the Year Award 2018 – photoshopped taxidermied anteater in the shot – https://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/2018/apr/30/fake-animal-photography-taxidermy-baiting
Lisa Saad – AIPP photographer of the year, found to have allegedly used stock photography in many of her image composites despite claiming it was all her own work, and also allegedly stole images from other photographers to use in the photo montages. Follow the story on Photo Stealers – https://stopstealingphotos.com/lisa-saad-photographer-melbourne-australia/
World Press 2015 – set up scenes by a finalist.
‘The investigation discovered that one of the pictures was instead taken in Molenbeek, a borough in Brussels about 60 km (37 miles) away from Charleroi. Troilo later confirmed the photo was taken at a different location.’
2016 – 16% of finalist disqualified https://procounter.com.au/2016/03/03/manipulation-strikes-wpp-again/
“Up to 20% of World Press Photo entries that made it to the penultimate round of the contest were disqualified after they were found to have been manipulated or post-processed carelessly, the Dutch organization has confirmed.” – Time
HIPA photo winner in Vietnam begs the question of what are the ethics when photographing people living in poverty.
Click Click Bang Bang: A Photography Podcast is written and produced by Meredith Schofield and Toby Forage.
Edited by Toby Forage
Music by Simon Figliuzzi
Brand design by dingdingding.co
Thanks also to Sean Brokenshire and Bandit for their help in the studio.