The winner of the U.K. "Landscape Photographer of the Year" competition has been disqualified for using "too much Photoshopping" on his winning image, The Telegraph reports.
David Byrne (no points off for using a famous name) was stripped of his first-place prize and, more painfully, of the £10,000 winner's check, or cheque.
Contest organizers found that there was "no deliberate intention to deceive the judges," but that "the level of manipulation means that this photograph gained an unfair advantage." The Photoshopping was said to affect the integrity of the competition.
(Has Photoshopping in photography competitions gotten to be like doping in the sport of cycling, I wonder?)
(Thanks to Jay Townsend and several other)
UPDATE From Tim Parkin: "It was myself and a colleague, Alex Nail, who looked into this last week and found the four entered images were composited in various ways. One of the images was in a category that allowed compositing but the others weren't and hence were not eligible. The details can be found at the following links:
"Both of us have no issue with the idea of composites (even if we both would prefer to see great non-composited images) so this was a purely quasi-legal issue, not a moral one."
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Slobodan Blagojevic: "[The disqualification] was not because of Photoshopping in itself, but because of compositing (i.e., adding or removing elements) in a category where compositing was specifically not allowed."
Peter Nilsson: "Pure irony for a competition characterised almost entirely by excessive manipulation (view any set of past winners if you have the stomach)."