An amazing coincidence seems to have occurred with the Digital Camera Magazine Photographer of the Year competition. The winning image was immediately jumped on by a far eastern photographer who pointed out another award winning image from Asia that to all intents and purposes was extremely similar. If not exactly the same it's a use of someone else's vision and creative ability. i suppose it happens all the time, how often is the question asked "where did you take that" in order for the person to go along and repeat the shot.
C'est la vie!