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    Photo of the Year: Email Hoax

    http://news.nationalgeographic.com/n...oftheyear.html

    A photograph that has been circulating on the internet showing a shark leaping out of the water to attack a helicopter, is a fake. The composite image, which claims to be National Geographic's "Photo of the Year," was spliced together from a U.S. Air Force photo taken near San Francisco's Golden Gate Bridge and a photo of a shark from South Africa.

    The photo of a breaching great white shark was taken by South African photographer Charles Maxwell [see the link to his Web site at the bottom of this page]. The Air Force photo of an HH-60G Pave Hawk helicopter was taken by Lance Cheung. They were spliced together by an unknown person, and reportedly began making the rounds on e-mail in August 2001.

    "I'd like to make contact with the person who did this—not to get him or her into trouble, but because it's a lot of fun and it is a good job," Maxwell said. "However, I must make clear that I would not like to see this happen to one of my photographs again. It is wrong to take images from a Web site without permission." Maxwell said he has sold quite a few photographs as a result of the attention the hoax has drawn to his work.

    The e-mail containing the hoax photo says:

    AND YOU THINK YOUR [sic] HAVING A BAD DAY AT WORK !!

    Although this looks like a picture taken from a Hollywood movie, it is in fact a real photo, taken near the South African coast during a military exercise by the British Navy.

    It has been nominated by National Geographic as "THE photo of the year".

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    the way they said they made...sounded quite simple...hopefully ill take the honours some year

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    not as scary as the time I went to Africa and snapped this picture.

    http://img111.exs.cx/img111/2726/badhair2.jpg

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    Last edited by rohitk89; February 20th, 2005 at 08:17 AM.

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    IS it really nominated for the NAtgeo photo of the year? It doesnt look very real tho. Do they accept 3d(and other not real) images?
    PS: Nice sig egghead.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tarun
    PS: Nice sig egghead.

    Didn't you know that "our" egghead is really Slash in disguise?


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    good shark pic, they only recently realised that Great White could breach the surface... many surfies on the Gold Coast of Aus could have told you that

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    Quote Originally Posted by rik
    Didn't you know that "our" egghead is really Slash in disguise?

    hahaha

    nice one
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