‘Photo Stealers’ Expose This Award-Winning Photographer Who Was Passing Off Composites As His Own Photos

Let’s get this out of the way: there’s nothing wrong with a photomontage. However, when someone is digitally manipulating other people’s work to pass off as their own and using it to advertise to potential clients, there’s a huge problem. And it looks like Ben Sheehan, a pet and animal photographer from Auckland, New Zealand, was doing exactly that.

Photo Stealers, an online “wall of shame” that exposes thieves in the industry, called out Sheehan after he started blocking those who were trying to expose him on social media.

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Pet photographer Ben Sheehan posted quite a few stunning shots on his social media accounts where he advertises to potential customers

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He explicitly said that the photos are real

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Photo Stealers pointed out that Sheehan’s story was similar to the 2019 controversy surrounding Lisa Saad, who used others’ photos without credit in composites that helped her win numerous international awards as well as become ambassadors for brands such as Ilford, Manfrotto, Epson, and Tamron.

While Sheehan’s dirty business hasn’t gotten him that far, he too entered competitions using lies and deception.

One of his most impressive shots even made it to the 2021 International Dog Photography Awards

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In fact, he was a finalist in the 2021 Dog Photography Awards (his entry has since been revoked), and he has won numerous prizes in GuruShots contests.

Sheehan’s submission to the Dog Photography Awards was created using a Getty Images photo of a waterfall in New Zealand as the template for the background.

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But it looks like Ben didn’t actually take that picture

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The same can be said about other Ben’s uploads too

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It looks like he repeatedly lied to people

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While stealing from stock photographers

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Sheehan enjoyed the attention that these images got

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And continued doing the same

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But eventually, people found out

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And Sheehan ended up on Photo Stealers, an online “wall of shame” which exposes photographers who share others’ work as their own

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In response, the photographer took down his Facebook page and deleted the manipulated images from his other personal profiles on the internet

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Bored Panda has reached out to Sheehan for comment

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Here’s what people have been saying about what happened

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