Something very wrong happening at Sony World Photography Awards 2011 Shortlist : Black and White Photography-634
How do you feel if someone recreate your photography work and claim an award for it?
This is the situation I am facing at the moment.
This morning I have received my copy of “Black + White Photography” magazine and found myself thinking that my photography work has been printed in it, but I soon realised it was a picture very similar to my work below done in 2008. The picture I found in the magazine was taken by Marek Troszczynski, and it has been shortlisted for the Sony World Photography Award 2011.
My work above “Fisheye lens - Natural History Museum in London” has been in a public domain since 2008. It has been published on my website and it has been viewed more than 28,000 times by visitors.
It has also been published in the “Amateur Photographer” magazine in May 2009, and published in the “Digital SLR User Magazine” in June 2010.
I understand any photographer gets inspired from other photographers’ works to develop their own idea and vision to create their own original work. However, I found the work done by Marek Troszczynski is not the case as his work is too similar to mine.
I hope Sony World Photography committee will study my claim and realise the work of Marek Troszczynski has no originality.
Below added 23 March 2011.
As Marek Troszczynski posts his works on to the Amateur Photography website, I assumed he reads the magazine “Amateur Photographer” which published my photography work. There is also a case of a photographer who created his own version of my work after he saw it in the magazine.
I wondered why Marek Troszczynski has cropped his image and why it is in black and white.
However all my doubts were proved to be wrong when Marek Troszczynski denied knowledge of my work.
I have learnt the complexity of plagiarism, and I would like to share my experience so that others will learn from my mistake.
I would like to thank WPO for the time spent on my claim.
The location where the photo was taken