The BBC has suspended its annual photography competition. The move follows a series of mistakes made in six BBC programs when staff faked phone-in contests. Most of the programs were charity fundraisers. When technical problems prevented callers from getting through, production staff posed as callers.
All competitions across the BBC have now been suspended.
The annual photography competition offered no prizes but generated plenty of interest from photographers around the world. The first round of the corporation’s Photographer of the Year 2007 contest, on the subject “Blue,” attracted some 4,000 submissions from both professionals and amateurs. Total entries to last year’s competition numbered around 20,000. Unlike the phone-ins, winners of the online photography competitions were chosen by readers in a public vote.
The monthly photography contest has also been shelved.
The loss of such a prestigious competition is clearly a big blow for any photographers looking for an impressive line on their resume. Entry was free, open to anyone and with the public doing the judging, everyone could feel they were in with a chance of winning.
And it was very unlikely that staff at the BBC were faking it by sending in their own photos.
[tags] bbc photo contest, photographer of the year [/tags]