Digital manipulation of images will be more strictly policed by judges at next year's World Press Photo competition, Amateur Photographer (AP) has learned.

Digital manipulation of images will be more strictly policed by judges at next year’s World Press Photo competition, Amateur Photographer (AP) has learned.

Photographers will – for the first time – be required to submit the ‘raw’ image file if the judging panel suspects that a ‘news’ photo has been digitally manipulated, said Maarten Koets, deputy managing director at World Press Photo.

Koets said the move comes as ‘wire’ services tighten up their criteria for publishing such pictures.

Koets was speaking to AP at the opening of the World Press Photo 2008 exhibition which runs at the Royal Festival Hall in London until 13 December.

More than 5,000 photographers entered around 96,000 images in last year’s competition.

Camera maker Canon recently renewed its sponsorship of the contest, which was first run in 1955.

Winner of the World Press Photo 2009 will be announced on 12 February 2010.

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