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Associated Press has declared that they have severed ties with Narciso Contreras, a Pulitzer Prize winning photographer, after he digitally manipulated a snap clicked in Syria during the ongoing civil war. The news agency has stated that they have already ended their relationship with Narciso and they would remove all his snaps from their publicity available picture archive.
Contreras was in the team of 5 photographers who got the Pulitzer Prize for news photography from Syrian war. Recently, the news house that Contreras told their editors that he had manipulated a digital snap of a Syrian rebel fighter clicked in September 2013, with software to remove a colleague’s video camera from the lower left corner of the frame.
Later, a team guided by the vice president and director of photography Santiago Lyon reviewed 494 other snaps clicked by Narciso showed that this was really an isolated incident. He had never altered any other snaps since he joined Associated Press in the year 2012.
Still, Associated Press said that this alteration infracted their requirements for accuracy and truth even though it involved a corner of the image with little news importance. Mr Lyon stated: “AP’s reputation is paramount and we react decisively and vigorously when it is tarnished by actions in violation of our ethics code,”
“Deliberately removing elements from our photographs is completely unacceptable.”
While Narciso, in his defense, told that he thought that the video camera in the corner might distract the viewers.
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Paul Souders clicked the snap of a bear peering through melting ice along with the setting of midnight sun burning red from the smoke of aloof fires. Yes, the National Geographic photo contest of this year has been crowned, along with a magnificent snap of a polar bear looking through melting ice.
Paul Souders snatched $ 100000 for his picture of the bear in Canada’s Manitoba. He has also been asked to come to National Geographic’s headquarters in January in Washington DC to take part in the annual photography seminar of the magazine.
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