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.”

World Press Photo 2013 - Paul Hansen

Was the 2013 World Press Photo of the Year a composite image?

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

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2013 World Press Photoshop of the Year

Was the 2013 World Press Photo of the Year a composite image?

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