The Ref Vanishes

Washington Post photographer Tracy Woodward won an Award of Excellence for his image "State Champion" that he entered in the 2013 White House News Photographers Association ‘Eyes of History’ stills photo contest in the Sports Feature/Reaction category. But Woodward's editors at the Post noticed that the image had been altered since the time when it had first appeared in the paper. Specifically, Woodward had deleted the referee standing in the background. (Although you can still faintly see the outline of his pants.) It is a better picture without the ref, but such a major alteration violated the rules of the contest. So Woodward's award was rescinded. [deadspin]

Check out the Hoax Photo Archive for other examples of photos with deleted details.


Posted on Fri Mar 01, 2013


Which is a pity, because the picture WITH the Ref is just fine.
Posted by Robin Bobcat  in  Californian Wierdo  on  Fri Mar 01, 2013  at  10:30 AM
I'm sorry but I have to laugh, then roll and then laugh so hard I've lost my breath...............PigGate yet again!!!! NEVER believe a single thing you see, read or hear on the internet and at least don't repeat it or send it to anyone UNTIL you find a reliable FactChecker first!...................still laughing!!!
Posted by hulitoons  in  Abingdon, Maryland  on  Fri Mar 01, 2013  at  10:45 AM
It doesn't look like he removed the ref, just colored him darker to blend in with the background. I can still see a dark arm, sleeve and shirt back there.
Posted by Tah  in  Idaho (Yes, Idaho)  on  Sat Mar 02, 2013  at  09:32 AM
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