Competition apologises for banning AI photo... that wasn't AI

A man holds a framed photo that was banned from a photograph competition for looking like AI art frmo
(Image credit: Charing Cross Photo / Suzi Dougherty)

AI art has proved so controversial that we can understand why the organisers of art and photography competitions are now being extra wary. We've seen examples of AI-generated images winning contests in both fields with the judges not realising that the winning entries were created by AI, and no competition jury wants to make the same mistake.

But could the heightened vigilance now work against traditional artists and photographers? The judges of one photography competition have had to make an apology after they disqualified a real photo suspecting that it was AI art (If you're looking to make your own competition-ready work, see our picks of the best AI art generators or the best cameras depending on where you stand).

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Joe Foley

Joe is a regular freelance journalist and editor at Creative Bloq. He writes news, features and buying guides and keeps track of the best equipment and software for creatives, from video editing programs to monitors and accessories. A veteran news writer and photographer, he now works as a project manager at the London and Buenos Aires-based design, production and branding agency Hermana Creatives. There he manages a team of designers, photographers and video editors who specialise in producing visual content and design assets for the hospitality sector. He also dances Argentine tango.