2013 World Press Photo of the Year May Turn Out a Photoshop Stunt

Paul Hansen of Sweden, a photographer working for the Swedish daily Dagens Nyheter, has won the World Press Photo of the Year 2012 with this picture of a group of men carrying the bodies of two dead children through a street in Gaza City taken on November 20, 2012. Jury member Mayu Mohanna said about the photo: The strength of the picture lies in the way it contrasts the anger and sorrow of the adults with the innocence of the children. It’s a picture I will not forget.Picture: REUTERS/Paul Hansen/Dagens Nyheter/World Press Photo

Paul Hansen of Sweden, a photographer working for the Swedish daily Dagens Nyheter, has won the World Press Photo of the Year 2012 with this picture of a group of men carrying the bodies of two dead children through a street in Gaza City taken on November 20, 2012. Jury member Mayu Mohanna said about the photo: The strength of the picture lies in the way it contrasts the anger and sorrow of the adults with the innocence of the children. It’s a picture I will not forget.Picture: REUTERS/Paul Hansen/Dagens Nyheter/World Press Photo

Because I formerly wrote on the 2013 World Press Photo of The Year Award in a February blog post, I was completely stunned today in reading on ExtremeTech.com that the photo itself may be a Photoshop wonder.

I am an amateur photographer myself and don’t master the camera like professionals do, but I was shocked. Ok, it does look like a movie poster but I was not even questioning its veridicity and originality. The event from the photo is real but it is claimed that its rendering might have been enhanced.

Sebastian Anthony from Extreme Tech quotes evidence from a forensic image analyst who purports that the image might have been enhanced through light, shadows and be the composite result of 3 different shots. For more technical details see the article on ExtremeTech.

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3 Responses to 2013 World Press Photo of the Year May Turn Out a Photoshop Stunt

  1. Maggie Thom says:

    It’s really an incredible picture. It depicts something very real and very sad and that may get lost in this latest issue about whether the shot is real or not. To me, to be honest it looks more like a painting.

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