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18 Apr, 2023
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The World Photography Organization’s Sony World Photography Awards recently announced their winners, but the first place winner in the Creative category, an image titled "The Electrician" by Boris Eldagsen, has caused controversy.

Boris Eldagsen created the image using AI generators as "co-creators," and although he used his experience as a photographer to direct the process, he maintained that the image was not a photograph.

Eldagsen subsequently refused the award, stating that "AI is not photography" and expressing his desire for competitions to create separate categories for AI-generated images. Despite his refusal, the image was initially displayed on the competition website, but it was later removed.

It's unclear whether the organizers were aware that the image was AI-generated, but the controversy highlights the increasing presence of AI in art and photography.

AI-generated art has gained popularity in recent years, with AI winning both photo and art competitions. Eldagsen's winning piece is sure to spark further discussions about the role of AI in creative fields and how to recognize and differentiate AI-generated works from traditional photography and art.