Not only has our camera technology evolved massively over the last 15-20 years, with the introduction of digital cameras and cell phones with impressive cameras, but our language has too. The fascination with people taking photographs of everything they do, and everywhere they go, has erupted across the world.
It is estimated that there will be approximately 880 billion ‘selfies’ taken this year alone, so it is understandable that The Oxford dictionary has had to include some new interesting words, with this new fascination with taking photos!
‘Selfie’ and ‘Photobomb’ are officially words in the dictionary with clear definitions. Photo bomb is actually considered to probably have been around as long as photography!
Photobomb definition – ‘Spoil a photograph of (a person or thing) by unexpectedly appearing in the camera’s field of view as the picture is taken, typically as a prank or practical joke: we were interrupted and photobombed by at least twenty tourists (as noun photobombing) the concept of photobombing has probably been around as long as photography’. So with this new craze, celebrities and royalty are not afraid to star in photobombing, but which ones are the best?
10) Justin Beiber photobombs a man sleeping
Justin Bieber has certainly hit the headlines over the last year, although most of the publicity has not been positive. However, even though the singer has kept a fairly low profile as of late, he wasn’t afraid to post a ‘selfie’ on Instagram with a man sleeping at a airport. This puts a new spin on photobombing, as the man was a forced and unwilling photo bomber, or maybe it was Beiber who was photobombing! Either way, be careful where you fall asleep!
9) Zach Braff photobombs a wedding!
A couples wedding day is one of the best days of their lives, as they start their journey as Mr & Mrs. An essential part of their day is having the photographs done, these photographs become visual memories that they keep forever, allowing them to relive their special day, over and over.
A German couple were having a wedding shoot with Manhattan photographer, Sascha Reinking in bustling Times Square. They posed for photographs with billboards, pedestrians and bright lights, providing the ultimate backdrop to their images.
During the editing, Sascha Reinking noticed that one of the passers-by was Zach Braff from the Scrubs series. He gave the camera a cheeky grin as he walked past the couple.
8) Benedict Cumberbatch photobombs U2
U2 have had many moments in the spotlight during their 38-year career. The Irish Rock band from Dublin has built worldwide success since starting out in 1976.
However, at the 2014 Academy Awards, it was Benedict Cumberbatch’s moment in the spotlight, when the ‘Sherlock’ actor literally jumped up behind Bono, whilst he posed for a photo. The British actor not only photobombed the Irish band once, but he jumped through the air twice, to ruin the groups photograph.
7) Emma Thompson photobombs Lupita Nyong’o
Emma Thompson is well known as the English actress starring in roles such as Nanny McPhee, Sense and Sensibility and more recently, Saving Mr Banks. In fact, it’s hard to imagine the stiff upper-lipped character she played in this film, being capable of the label ‘celebrity who has the most fun at awards shows!’
During the 2014 SAG Awards, Emma jumped up behind Lupita, who starred in 12 years a Slave and gave a wide-mouthed face right behind Lupita’s. Actually, Lupita Nyong’o had no idea that she had even been photobombed, which makes Thompson an expert photo-bomber!
6) Johnny Knoxville photobombs Jessica Alba
Johnny Knoxville is best known for his silly stunts and pranks, as cast member of the MTV series, Jackass. This funny man was also the creator and producer of the show and is a stunt performer, actor, comedian, screenwriter and film producer.
Whilst Jessica Alba was posing for photographers at the MTV Movie Awards, Johnny Knoxville popped up in the background with a silly expression. However, this seems quite tame in comparison to what this ‘Jackass’ usually gets up to.
5) Bruce Springsteen photobombs Steven Spielberg and Kate Capshaw
Los Angeles hosted the USC Shoah Foundation, in March 2014. It was the 20th Anniversary Ambassadors for Humanity Gala. The foundation dedicates itself to making audiovisual interviews with survivors and witnesses of the Holocaust, along with other genocides.
It was Steven Spielberg who established the Shoah Foundation. His inspiration occurred whilst he collected video testimonies of survivors of the holocaust for his film, Schindler’s List. He felt that these accounts would be educational for generations to come.
During this 20th Anniversary photos, Spielberg and his wife, Kate, were photobombed by Bruce Springsteen. The prank was soon returned with Spielberg making an appearance in the photo of Springsteen and his wife, Patti Scialfa.
4) Chris Bosh Photobombs Matthew McConaughey
It’s been a busy time of the year for actors and singers with the Emmy’s and MTV awards. The newspapers and Internet are full of stories and photos from these important events in celebrities’ diaries.
With cameras clicking in all directions, there are plenty of opportunities to ‘photo bomb’, Chris Bosh is not only famous for his basketball skills, but has also earned a reputation as most popular photobomber. He took the opportunity to photobomb Matthew McConaughey, whilst he was being interviewed at the Emmy’s preview show.
3) Prince William photobombs Sir Chris Hoy
The royals are setting Twitter alight with all their photobombing at the Commonwealth Games this year. They all seem to be getting in on the act and Prince William was the latest. The Duke of Cambridge just happened to be in the area, just as Sir Chris Hoy was posing for a photo at the games. Prince William is a little blurred so he may have jumped in at the very last minute, but there is no mistaking his smile for the camera.
Sir Chris Hoy is a track cyclist and a six time Olympic gold medallist in his sport.
2) Prince Harry Photobombs During Commonwealth Games
The Queen started a Royal photobomb trend at the Commonwealth Games this year. Prince Harry soon followed his grandmother’s with a photobomb of his own.
During the women’s 800m swimming freestyle, Prince Harry gave a thumbs up photobomb in the background, whilst New Zealand rugby sevens coach, Sir Gordon Tietjens, Sport Manawatu chief executive Trevor Shailer and Massey University Professor, Emeritus Gary Hermansson took a ‘selfie’.
1) Queen Elizabeth II Photobombs Australian Hockey Players
The commonwealth games are an international, multi-sport event, involving athletes from all of the Commonwealth Nations. First held in 1930 in Canada, the games take place every 4 years. As head of the Commonwealth, Queen Elizabeth II attends as many as she can. This year the games were held in Glasgow, Scotland, and the Queen was in attendance. On the first day of the games, a pair of Australian athletes were taking a ‘selfie’ before their hockey match, when the Queen stopped behind them and posed for their photo.
The players, Jayde Taylor and Brooke Peris have admitted that they did plan the photobomb but even so, they could not have planned the huge smile that the Queen gave the camera.