Image Forensics and the World Press Photo of the Year

By Deane Barker on May 14, 2013

How the 2013 World Press Photo of the Year was faked with Photoshop: Here’s the analysis of how the winner of the 2013 World Press Photo of the Year apparently faked the image.  It’s an interesting look at image forensics.

Now, the event itself isn’t a fake — there are lots of other photos online that show the children being carried through the streets of Gaza — but the photo itself is almost certainly a composite of three different photos, with various regions spliced together from each of the images, and then further manipulation to illuminate the mourners’ faces.

What surprises me, however, is that anyone thought it was legit.  Look at the image – it almost looks like a painting to me.  I feel like the perspective is all wrong too.  Is it just me?



  1. It DOES seem very obvious that there was a lot of careful dodging to make the faces and the shrouds really pop. No idea of what the rules of the contest are, or whether that is considered to be an issue of journalistic integrity. It IS something that could be done with film in a traditional darkroom, however. Ansel Adams was a master of burning and dodging. I’m SURE that combining elements of multiple shots into a composite is a journalistic no-no, but it’s not clear whether that happened as well.

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