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