The winning photo of the World Press Photo 2013 competition has been redone or not?
If you look at the picture that won this year’s prestigious World Press Photo competition you had the impression that something was seriously wrong with him, you were right. Indeed photography was retouched in Photoshop. Is the degree of its reworking a serious shadow on credibility?
The author of this photo is Paul Hanen, who claimed to have been made on 20 November last year in Gaza, when Israeli troops responded to the attack by the Palestinians. The photo shows two victims of the attack carried to a funeral.
Looking at this picture, however, it is possible to get the impression that it has been retouched because it is unnatural. The service proves that the photo actually consists of three overlapping photos, which in addition have been redesigned in Photoshop.
After careful analysis of the file, unnatural lighting was observed, which would not have been possible under normal conditions, and no artificial lighting was used. Shadows also do not work as they should, taking into account the time of shooting and the position of the sun.
It is said that the photo could be taken in serial mode, then some of them were combined and retouched. Of course, the situation presented in the photo took place, but the photograph itself was purposely redone, which in the case of World Press Photo competition is unacceptable.
The photographer denied that he manipulated the awarded work.