Smiles for the World Organizer’s Carelessness Leads to Mark Joseph Solis’ Plagiarism Issue
Updates about Mark Joseph Solis, an amateur photographer and a graduate student of University of the Philippines who has reportedly plagiarized the work of Gregory John Smith, is flooding on my Facebook wall since yesterday.
Mr. Solis won the first prize in the Smiles for the World photo contest organized by Chilean Ambassador Roberto Mayorga, but the winning photo is an original and copyrighted work of Gregory John Smith, an entrepreneur with the global network Ashoka and founder of the Children At Risk Foundation in Brazil.
But, I am just wondering how did the winning photo pass the screening despite of the new technologies the world has today? Did the organizer carelessly check the entries? Maybe, yes.
As reported, the said photo is available in Flickr. If the entries have passed trough Google Image Search, this current issue perhaps won’t happen.
Therefore, I should say that on this problem, it is not only Mr. Solis but also the organizer has mistaken. What do you think?