Lisa Saad, the Lance Armstrong of the photography world?

I’m very late to this story but, whilst searching for unauthorised usage of my own photos, I came across this article from last month

This article details the fraudulent competition entries of acclaimed photographer Lisa Saad, entries that have won her many awards. She’s now been disqualified and banned. She’s not the first to have cheated in competitions and she won’t be the last, but the extent of Saad’s cheating, coupled with her stature in the photographic community, should lead to improved vetting and due diligence by competition organisers.

In the meantime, many people have been cheated by Saad, and many have put in a lot of hard work to collect evidence and expose her. Some of Saad’s immediate reactions were to issue legal action against such folk, and it is this action that may be a clue to her character. Perhaps she’s the Lance Armstrong of the photographic world? What would really help her cause is to be openly contrite, write letters of genuine apology to all the photographers and students she cheated, and offer monetary recompense. It’s how we deal with adversity that brings out our true nature and, hopefully, offer a window to self-improvement.

Ripples in sand

Sossusvlei in Namibia is graced with some of the highest sand dunes in the world. Amongst the rust-coloured sands, some small shrubs and trees manage to survive. And, of course, there is the eerie Deadvlei littered with the desiccated remains of trees from several hundred years ago. Not quite as old, here are the dried remains of plant material, perhaps from some tall grasses, shrubs or trees that I photographed whilst walking through the sand dunes. The wind had carved out some intricate ripples in the sand, and the light from the sun created interesting shadows and colours. It was a good way to end our final evening in Sossusvlei before heading north.