Integrity and competition

By John H. Maw - Photographer | 25th February 2013

Yet another story about a photographic competition entry that turned out not to be what the photographer said it was. Paolo Pellegrin of the famous Magnum agency submitted a series of images to the World Press Photo contest and came second in the stories collection category. The only thing was that one of the images wasn't exactly what he said it was. The full story can be found here.

Of course this is nothing new. I am reminded of two french students who entered the Grand Prix du Photoreportage Etudiant in 2009 with a series of images about student hardship, except that all the images were set up. They announced the deception at the awards ceremony and embarrassed the expert panel of judges.

It strikes me that there is always a problem with any competition that has conditions that can't be verified just from the image alone.


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