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The top five photographs, ordered by the percentage of people who thought that they contained a genuine ghost (shown in brackets), were as follows:

 



Fifth place: The ghost in the mirror (26%). The photographer says that no one else was around when he snapped this picture of his car, and thus he cannot explain the ‘ghostly’ face in the left wing mirror. Skeptics argue that the ‘face’ could be a reflection of the headrest, someone standing nearby, or the result of digital manipulation.

Photographer: Guillermo Sosa said: "I tried to sell my old car and took a pic of it in order to post it in a web page. Obviously no one was around of it, later I was scanning photos in my PC and suddenly noticed something weird on the left mirror of the car, did a zoom and found a face. As you can see nobody was around and somebody needs to be in front of the mirror and very close in order to reflect anything".

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Fourth place: The ghost on the beach (27%). The photograph shows a black ‘ghostly’ figure standing in the water, facing to the right, and wearing a coat with the hood up. Skeptics argue that this apparent figure is an illusion created by the shadow caused by an indentation of the rocks.
Photographer: Chris Brown said "This photo was taken at the Rock and Spindle on the coast east of St Andrews. Right in the centre of the image is a person standing in the water in wellingtons facing to the right and wearing an anorack with the hood up. It WAS a chilly day. We were definitely alone at the time and it really spooked us when we looked through the pictures once home and saw this."
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Third place: The ghost on the street (28%). The photographer says that nobody walked in front of the camera when the picture was taken, and thus he cannot account for the dark ‘ghostly’ figure. Skeptics argue that the blurring in the image suggests a long exposure, and that a person walking down the ramp unnoticed would have created the movement ‘trails’.

Photographer: Mathieu Fur said "It was 1am and we were six people; 2 in front of the camera and 4 behind … we saw the picture just after we took it."

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Second place: The ghost in the woods (31%). Taken whilst the photographer was out walking with his children and dog, the image contains a strange figure in the trees. Skeptics argue that the apparent figure is simply a mixture of shadows, leaves and branches.
Photographer: John Wilson said "The pic was taken last year while on a walk in the local forest with my kids and dog. I stopped to take a picture near an old victorian mine and while enlarging the digital image spotted the figure in the tree line. I am not a ghost kind of person and so think it most likely just shadows and branches coming together to lok spooky. still creepy though".

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First place: The ghost in the castle (39%): The photograph was taken at Tantallon Castle in Scotland. The photographer was unaware of anyone being present in the castle opening, and there are no manikins or staff in period costume at the venue. Skeptics have argued that the figure might be an unnoticed visitor, an odd reflection of light against the wall, or digital manipulation.

Photographer: Christopher Aitchison said, "I took the photograph on May 26th 2008 at around 1500. I was not aware of anyone, or anything, being present in my picture, only noticing the anomaly when I got home. Staff have verified that there were no sinister dummies in period costume or historical re-enactments going on that day at the castle. I did not notice any nice old ladies wearing ruffs walking around the stairs! Some people have suggested its just light reflecting on rocks and one person suggested it may be King James V of Scotland. The photograph is not the product of photo shop".
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Two final interesting photos

(22%) Photographer: Jamie Whitehead. For a version of this image without the inset, click here.

 

(19%) Photographer: Michael Dunbar. For a higher resolution version of this image, click here.


Other interesting images from the project....


An 'orb' image. Possibly caused by the camera flash reflecting off tiny dust particles. Photographer Mark Stock. To download a higher resolution version of this image, click here.

 

A 'mist' image. Possibly caused by condensed breath in front of the lens. Photographer Lorraine Morrison. For a higher resolution of this image, click here.




A 'face' image. Possibly due to people seeing patterns in random shapes. Photographer Filip Gaži. For a higher resolution version of this image, click here.

 

A 'figure' image. Possibly due to a double image or long exposure. For a higher resolution version of this image, click here.

An 'energy' image. Possibly due to a long exposure and camera movement.

An 'energy' image. Due to strap in front of camera lens.