Stupid Photo Thief

It’s inevitable that photos put online will be stolen. It’s a fact of life unfortunately. People think that just because something is on a website they can use it and claim the photo is there own.

Sometimes it just gets silly however.

Check out this guy’s photos on photo competition site If you’ve been reading this blog for a while you may recognise this photo. It looks very familiar doesn’t it?

With the help of Google Goggles on my Android phone I checked a few more photos. This photo of Venice (despite the author saying it’s in Pakistan) looks suspiciously like this one from the National Geographic. I’m sure they won’t be too happy to see that.

The Pictures2Win T&C of course include the condition that photos “must be the work of the individual submitting them” but there’s no link to report stolen images. I contacted Martin at that site. Hopefully he’ll take a look at that user’s account and take appropriate measures.

Thanks to _jmphotography for telling me about this photo theft.




  1. Reply
    Ewien May 20, 2011

    Good that you mention this…I always make people aware of the copyrights / CC Licence on pics, EVEN on the internet. It is too bad people are stealing other’s creativity!

  2. Reply
    Peter May 20, 2011

    I just figured I would let the Peter Geller know about his Venice picture being used as well. (

  3. Reply
    Donncha May 20, 2011

    I received a reply back from Martin. The user has been banned and my photo removed 🙂

  4. Reply
    Polly May 20, 2011

    I agree, that really stinks.

    And besides, what fun would it be to win a contest when you know it’s not your own work? There is some mixed up thinking out there, isn’t there?

    Yay to jmphotography for letting you (and them) know!

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