You hit the nail on the head for the reason behind the adversity to the photos...its you this group is attacking. The issue of the photo is just a tool to legitimize these attacks.
See the problem is your to effective in presenting your position on events. You make a point and then support it with evidence. They don't like you being effective in supporting your points. They can't compete with you singularly. Its why they do so as a group. Your candle burns to brightly and instead of trying to make their candles burn just as bright or brighter they instead want to dim or extinguish your candle. They want you gone.