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  1. Anna
    Anna at ·

    Well said Joseph. I hope the message gets through to the Moran Organisation – this is the third year in a row that I can remember the judging being a contentious issue.

  2. tyson
    tyson at ·

    Well said Joesph. The Moran Prize is officially a JOKE !

  3. Sean
    Sean at ·

    I agree, though the winner is also impressive but the other entries are more deserving to be won of the award..

  4. Mark Munro
    Mark Munro at ·

    Mmmm, yes…. another stinker! As the old saying goes, even if there is no implication of impropriety, it’s always best to err on the side of caution… or something like that! Totally inapropriate judging set-up for Moran prize…

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  7. Bob Bowne
    Bob Bowne at ·

    um….if I had shot that photograph….I would have thrown it in the trash can on my Mac. If I had entered it ….The photo would not have won the $80,000.
    I have scores of photos that are good solid photography…this image CERTAINLY is JUNK….on any level.

  8. Ian Latter
    Ian Latter at ·

    It is some time since we viewed the Moran finalists but I recall being touched by a photo of an old man reading a letter on some form of public transport. The old man appears to be pondering on the letter’s content thus providing a rare photographic opportunity. The winning photo could be obtained on any given day and does not evoke, for us, any emotional reaction.

  9. Nik
    Nik at ·

    Sorry, but there is one thing that I have come across in every photographic competition I’ve seen, entered or critiqued. Everyone thinks they could have taken a better photo.

    Happens ALL the time in art paintings; “my 4 year old could have painted that”.

    Some of what you say about judging is correct. Maybe they could review the system. But why? Because someone didn’t win when they thought they should (which would be every photographer apart from the winning one).

    This unfortunately is more sour grapes than anything else. I’ve never posted on my blog that I entered a competition, didn’t win, and asked the question (or posed backhanded accusations) about “was the competition legit?”

    As you correctly pointed out, everyone knows everyone in the Australian photographic industry.

    On the otherhand, there have been situations that even if the winner was legit, they shouldn’t have won, regardless. It simply looks wrong.

    I don’t think that is the case here though. I don’t like the photo ( I find it a boring happy snap personally), but I stand behind Stephen DuPont in his choice. Because, … it’s his choice. He likes it, and that’s it.

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