Category Archives: Stock Images

Copy cat 2010 award of the year goes to Seif El Degwi

The above is screen shoot of the “Artist” Deviant Art page caprozo911 , notice that 85% of his work is either copycat, cliche’ or ghost ads!!! We have featured Seif’s “work” in the past in seperat posts so I will not duplicate the effort. Instead I will just post the links to the above examples from this blog and you can draw your own conclusions.

This is what happens when you copy and paste

Talent for sale

head shot

another #$$ hole

Smoking ghost


Self portrait of the “Designer” wearing his crown with the GAP logo which we all know is an abbreviation of Guy And Proud.

Bugging facts about Tonic Dubai copy-cats ads


Pet Flea and Tick Spot On “Never keep a parasite” – 2009
Source : Adsoftheworld
Agency : Shanghai J&J Advertising (China)

Petzone “Don’t let ticks and fleas become your pets” – 2010
Source : Coloribus
Agency : Tonic Dubaï (UAE)


Source: The very same haircut / Parasitisme créatif ?

Special Thanks to Joe La Pompe for e-mailing me this copy-cat example from Dubai.

Petzone “Don’t let ticks and fleas become your pets” – 2010
Source : Coloribus
Agency : Tonic Dubaï (UAE)

Pet Flea and Tick Spot On “Never keep a parasite” – 2009
Source : Adsoftheworld
Agency : Shanghai J&J Advertising (China)

Royalty-free images and their abuse by advertising agencies in Kuwait

Focus Nov 2004156

Focus Nov 2004157

Published in Focus Middl East Marketing Intelligence Report.  November 2004. Pages: 16 – 17.

Stock photography consists of existing photographs that can be licensed for specific uses. Publishers, advertising agencies, graphic artists, and others use stock photography to fulfill the needs of their creative assignments.

A customer who uses stock photography instead of hiring a photographer can save time and money, but can also sacrifice creative control. – Wikipedia

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The return of the star tribe


Client: Mitsubishi

Country: Kuwait – August, 2009.

Source: Mitsubishi: We Love You Thaaaat Much!


Featured in Al Rai daily Kuwaiti newspaper. Page: 24.

notice that both photos are from members of the Star Tribe.

I thought we were through with this phase, I thought I had exterminated these pirated stock images in Kuwait after exposing them in my previous research published in Awraq magazine back in 2004; however It seems some nostalgic Desk Top Publishers have made a come back and awakened them from their tomb. So be it. Here we go again.


Client: BKME (Bank of Kuwait & the Middle East)

Agency: Horizon FCB

Country: Kuwait

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Go for gold




Client: Wataniya Telecom

Agency: Zenith Media

Country: UAE – Dubai.

The main visual and core concept of the ad is clip art!!! Check out an older post on this blog relating to this: source of inspiration


Clip art, in the graphic arts, refers to pre-made images used to illustrate any medium. Today, clip art is used extensively in both personal and commercial projects, ranging from home-printed greeting cards to commercial candles. Clip art comes in many forms, both electronic and printed. However, most clip art today is created, distributed, and used in an electronic form. Since its inception, clip art has evolved to include a wide variety of content, file formats, illustration styles, and licensing restrictions. Clip art is generally composed exclusively of illustrations (created by hand or by computer software), and does not include stock photography. source: wikipedia.



Published in the Times of Oman English daily newspaper. Tuesday August 18, 2009. Business section. Page: 22.

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Published in Business News magazine. October 2009. Page: 46.

Published in Osrati magazine 2010.

Published in Al Maraa (woman) Magazine. Page: 33.