Here’s a life lesson: if you think that you can get away with submitting an image to an age-restricted photography competition, a competition in which you’re subsequently named as a winner, when you’re actually older than you’re supposed to be, you should probably think again. The chances are that you’ll be found out. Then you’ll be stripped of your prize and you’ll be plastered across the Intergoogles for all the wrong reasons.
This is precisely what happened to Borhan Mardani, who was named as the winner of the Culture category of the Youth Sony World Photography Awards on Tuesday.
Mardani, it turns out, wasn’t 19 when he took his ‘winning’ image, as he stated in his written declaration. Now that he’s been found out, his prize has been removed from him and instead awarded to 19 year old Anastasia Zhetvina, from Russia, for her image Young talents.
Anastasia will now join Paulina Metzscher and Turjoy Chowdhury, the two other Youth finalists, in winning a Sony A5000 and the chance to be named Youth Photographer of the Year and flown to London to celebrate at the Sony World Photography Awards’ party at the end of April.