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LPOTY Choose New Winner - Landscape Photographer of the Year have chosen a new winner for their competition, after the former winner was disqualified for over manipulation.
Simon Butterworth's new winning image.
The former winner was disqualified after the discovery that his image was heavily enhanced in post production.
It said “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.”
Charlie Waite, founder of the competition said: “This is extremely regrettable and it appears there was no deliberate intention to deceive the judges but the level of manipulation means that this photograph gained an unfair advantage in this category and in winning the overall competition. The integrity of the competition is very important to all involved and it was clear that disqualification was the only course of action open to us. The new winning image of Port Glasgow by Simon Butterworth is a very worthy winner. It is the first time that an urban landscape has won the main Award and its strong composition is very pleasing.”
For more information, visit the Take a view website.