I Got an Email from National Geographic!

No kidding. And it’s not about a holiday subscription special. Here’s a very gracious note in response to my post about the dubious award-winning photograph:

Hi Chris,

I read your blog post about the National Geographic photoshop story. I work with National Geographic wanted to provide you with the official statement on the matter:

The International Photography Contest from National Geographic has sparked unparalleled interest from photographers around the world, with some 220,000 submissions this year worldwide. The rules of the competition clearly state that no altered images can be submitted. It has come to our attention that one of the Viewers’ Choice Award winners of the English-language competition might be an altered image. When we asked our panel of photography experts to review it, they believed it to be questionable. To give the photographer the benefit of the doubt, we asked him to send us the source negative, which we have not yet received. For now, we will remove the image from the Web site until the matter is resolved.

Here’s a link to Rob Covey’s blog post on the issue as well. Rob is SVP of Content Development and Design, National Geographic Digital Media.
http://ngm.typepad.com/ngmcom_feedback/2008/12/photo-contest-c.html

Please let me know if you have any questions.

Best,

Ashley

That’s a stand-up way of dealing with a situation that to most of us is comical, but to the magazine and its employees must be a great embarrassment. Thanks, Ashley!

You know there’s a moral here: Be careful if you try to get attention by cheating—it just might work! :)

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One Response

  1. Did you go to them privately first? :D

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