Five finalists are competing for the dubious honour of being Britain's worst photographer. The winner will be chosen by the public and the prize is a day of photography training.
Contest organisers Red Cloud, a photography tuition company, have pledged to take the most hopeless photographer in the country and turn them into a professional in just one day of expert training. From the hundreds of entries they received, there are five photos on the shortlist. These have been entitled "Alien Resurrection," which was originally a photo of a few people walking past a pub, "Two Heads are Better than One," which could be either a photo of twins or a case of camera shift, 'The Glowing Baby' which is a study in phosphorescence, 'The Headless Bride' and 'Sausage Fingers' where the photographer's fingers were obviously more important than the young lady in the photo. The winner, or loser depending on which way you look at it, will be announced on the 24th February.
In an industry usually dedicated to the most breathtaking, unique, cute or moving picture, Red Cloud's take is certainly an interesting way to advertise their services. In the past, this probably would have been an easier contest to stage as everyone would have had a few howlers hiding away in the drawer. Nowadays, however, with the advent of digital photography, bad photographs are easier to delete and pretend they never happened.
Another site celebrating inept photography is badyearbookphotos.com, which posts the best of the worst of that American institution, the school yearbook. Other blogs highlight such treasures such as The World's Worst Santa Images and the Worst Family Vacation Photos.