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Photographer Uses Public Domain Images To Win Awards, Now Stripped Of Prizes
By Izza Sofia, 06 Sep 2017
Sasin Tipchai is a talented photographer from Thailand who shares many of his amazing photos on Pixabay.
As he designated the images as public domain, technically anyone can use his photos for any purposes. What Tipchai did not expect was that someone would steal his photos to enter international photography competitions.
According to Khaosod English, a Swiss photographer by the name of Madeleine Josephine Fierz won first prize at the Moscow International Foto Awards and grabbed a second place award at the Fine Art Photo Awards earlier this year using Tipchai’s work.
Accompanying the entry for Moscow International Foto Awards, Fierz wrote, “On my journeys always important topics are of interest to me. This is the result of my photographic projects, as in these pictures of Asia. These children and the two women made me amazing and fascinated. I find special places and to capture such moods were very impressive for me.”
Using Tipchai’s images, Fierz was able to win $3,000 from Fine Art Photo in April and $100 from Moscow International in July. Tipchai took it to Facebook to express his dismay and soon after, Fierz was stripped off her prizes.
“She claimed since she bought these photos, she thought that she could manipulate it a little and claim it as her art,” Hossein Farmani, a Moscow contest jury member wrote in response to Sasin. “As a jury of MIFA we take these allegations very seriously and we investigate and delete images in question as soon as we can verify the facts.”
“It’s almost impossible for us to know which images belong to whom unless photographers let us know like you did.”
[via PetaPixel, images via Facebook]
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