After all the rather abstract example pictures in World Press Photos Campbell Report, it’s good to see a case of image manipulation with the real manipulated picture. So one can see what the photographer did to the picture.
But I disagree here:
„Supposedly, there was originally a piece of straw that Caird had cloned out in post-processing. While this did not change the interpretation of the photograph, the competition’s rules did explicitly state that „No cloning, montaging or digital manipulation other than cropping, ‘digital spotting’, burning and dodging is permitted.““
If you remove a piece of wood wool from a picture taken at the Melbourne Zoo, in my opinion, you make the picture look more like a wildlife picture. And of course this is changing the interpretation of the photograph.