Mark Joseph Solis, a graduate student at the University of the Philippines, found the photo to the left online and entered it into a contest.
Mr. Solis was declared the winner of the Smiles of the World
photo contest sponsored by the Chilean Embassy. He won $1,000 and roundtrip tickets from the Philippines to Chile and Brazil.
Until Gregory J. Smith, founder of the Children at Risk Foundation
, recognized the image as one he captured in 2006 and shared — all rights reserved — on Flickr
The Chilean Embassy revoked
the prize from Solis, threatened to sue him and says it is re-evaluating submissions to re-award the prize.
“The guy obviously has an insatiable appetite for infringing copyrighted material without any scruples,” Smith told GMA News
. “I have taken note of his apologies and remorse, but I myself am a man of action, so I would like to see Solis translate his words into some solid action to benefit the children he has so irresponsibly abused.”
Solis’ majored in, wait for it…political science.
– Story thanks to PetaPixel