Update: World Press Photo have cleared Paul Hansen, saying that the image was simply “retouched with respect to both global and local color and tone.”
The World Press Photo association hasn’t yet stripped the photographer, Paul Hansen, of the title, but presumably it’s just a matter of time. Rather than discussing the politics of photo manipulation, though — is it faked, or is it merely enhanced? — we’re going to look at how Hansen seemingly managed to trick a panel of experienced judges with his shooping skillz, and how a seasoned computer scientist spotted the fraudulent forgery from a mile off.
How the 2013 World Press Photo of the Year was faked with Photoshop