In a strange twist, a real photo just won an AI photo contest

A photographer's photo of a flamingo appearing to be missing a head is actually real.

In a strange twist, a real photo just won an AI photo contest
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  • A photographer submitted a real photo to an AI-generated photo contest and won two prizes.
  • As far as we know, this is the first time that’s happened.
  • The image shows a flamingo that appears to be missing its head, but it’s just the angle of the shot.

With generative AI becoming better and better at creating imagery, we’ve seen a few instances of people submitting “photos” created with AI to photography contests and taking home a prize. In response, some prestigious photography contests have created AI categories to both keep up with the times and prevent people from trying to submit AI-created works to traditional photography categories falsely.

However, today, we have a story of the opposite happening. Photographer Miles Astray submitted a photo to the AI category of the prestigious 1839 Awards. His piece — titled “F L A M I N G O N E” — ended up taking home the Bronze award in the judge’s category and winning the People’s Vote Award. You can see the image below: