Landscape photographer David Byrne has been stripped of his recent landscape photographer of the year award for over editing his images beyond what the competition rules allowed.
The results went viral in the online photography world, with people discussing the level of editing. Certain online bloggers even started a campaign determined to prove that the images light sources didn’t match up.
Eventually the events organisers Take A View relented and released the following statement.
“Following the recent announcement of the winners of the Landscape Photographer of the Year 2012 Awards, further investigation has confirmed that the image chosen as the overall winner is in breach of the rules for the Classic view category owing to the extent of the digital manipulation techniques used. Organisers, Take A View have regrettably disqualified David Byrne’s image of Lindisfarne Castle and can announce that Simon Butterworth is the new winner of this year’s competition.”
David Byrne responed to his disqualification with the following statement.
“I have to inform you after a conversation with Charlie Waite I have been disqualified from the Landscape Photographer of the year awards, unfortunately I didn’t read the regulations and certain editing like adding clouds and cloning out small details are not allowed, while I don’t think what I have done to the photo is wrong in any way, I do understand it’s against the regulations so accept the decision whole heartily.
I have never passed off my photographs as record shots and the only reason this has come about has been due to my openness about how and what I do to my images. The changes I made were not major and if you go to the locations you will see everything is there as presented.”
What do you think, was the photography community too tough? Did Byrne mislead with his work? Should some editing be allowed?