The Executive Editor of Photography at National Geographic Magazine has spoken out over digital manipulation in entries to competitions.
National Geographic has urged photographers to submit photos to the National Geographic Photo Contest that are 'un-manipulated and real'.
The executive director said that he would like photos to look real, as there is all ready enough artifice in the world. He stated that it is ok to use digital manipulation for the basics, such as balance and sharpness in the image, but that if you have digitally removed or added something to the image, that you shouldn't submit the shot.
National Geographic said that dodging and burning is fine, but urged photographers not to overdo it. He stated that he wants photos to look real.
The statement made it clear that black and white and cropping is acceptable, but that stitched panoramas, HDR and fisheye lenses (unless underwater) are not acceptable.
You can view the full statement on the National Geographic website
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