Wildlife rules

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I read with in­ter­est your ar­ti­cle about the GDT European Wildlife Pho­tog­ra­pher of the Year awards, and par­tic­u­larly no­ticed the rul­ing that en­tries must be cre­ated with­out the use of im­age ma­nip­u­la­tion. I whole­heart­edly agree with this idea, and have to say that I think it’s a pity that more com­pe­ti­tions for pho­tog­ra­phers do not have this rule. I have al­ways main­tained that once a pho­to­graph has been “ma­nip­u­lated” it is then a pic­ture, not a pho­to­graph.

Would you not agree that we should en­cour­age up-and-com­ing pho­tog­ra­phers to learn the art of pho­tog­ra­phy and not the art of com­puter ma­nip­u­la­tion? laAn Davis, via email Over-pro­cessed images aren’t our cup of tea ei­ther Alan, and we agree that im­age ma­nip­u­la­tion on the com­puter can never re­place good cam­era skills. How­ever, we do think that there are times when some im­age ma­nip­u­la­tion is nec­es­sary – such as for re­duc­ing noise (see page 40) or re­mov­ing sen­sor spots. And of course there are times when it can be used to fun and cre­ative ef­fect (see page 42).

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GDT European Wildlife POTY pho­tos show the cam­era is might­ier than the com­puter pro­gram

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