FURTHER UPDATE: The winner David Byrne was stripped from his title. For full details see here.
UPDATE: Take a view has announced on twitter… Hi all….we are certainly not ignoring all your comments and have been investigating the issue. We will be making a statement shortly.
This 6 year running competition has caused controversy once again. The winning image taken by David Byrne (see banner above) seems to be an identical copy of Peter Clark’s image (see below).
We have nothing against the competition, we actually believe that if run properly, it could be highly inspirational to many photographers. As it stands, it seems to be in many people’s thoughts that the competition is there in order to make money for its owners and please its sponsors. These are not our words but the thoughts of many photographers around the web.
Now, here is the controversy. Apparently, the description of the image on David Byrne’s website was “We went to Holy Island for the night, to visit the famous boat houses and castle of Lindisfarne. I’ve been waiting for a year to do this after seeing Peter Clarke’s great version of it. I hope I’ve done it justice“.
At some point during the 26th Oct this description was changed to “I went to shoot this after seeing a friend’s version at my camera club and it inspired me to go there and put my style on it. This place is no photographers secret and has been taken hundred’s of thousands of times but it’s still worth visiting the classics“. We like the “put my style on it” part.
However, the latest version of the description of the image on David Byrne’s blog is “We went to Holy Island for the night, to visit the famous boat houses and castle of Lindisfarne“.
Making things very clear, we have nothing against David Byrne either, he entered the competition with an image inspired (although identical) by someone else and won, well done. However, how about the ethos of the competition? Should the owners have made an attempt to investigate if other “Extremely Similar” images exist out there? This is very easy to achieve with today’s technology. Yes, there are many similar images of other locations around the UK, however, the similarities in these two images (all the way down to the crop style) are beyond “inspiration” as David Byrne originally called it, this is copying someone else’s style to create an almost identical picture.
There is also a very interesting chat going on here.
There is also a very interesting chat right here.
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