World Press Photo relents and bans AI-generated images from its 2024 contest

World Press Photo
(Image credit: World Press Photo)

Artificial Intelligence, or AI for short, has become the buzzword in recent months, used to describe smart programs, apps and software that aim to make our lives easier. While writers and journalists like myself face the threat of being replaced by programs such as ChatGPT, photographers aren't safe either - with programs like Photoshop CC's Generative Fill feature being able to cleverly add elements and extend pictures almost seamlessly, while the best AI image generators such as Midjourney, DALL-E and Bing's Image Creator all use AI capable of creating realistic digital images from scratch based on prompts. How these programs are trained and the photos used for its source material has also been a controversial and ethical issue lately too with programs and laws to regulate them still in their infancy.

It all started when World Press Photo Award intended to allow images enhanced by generative artificial intelligence in its Open Format category to much uproar amongst photographers and photojournalists alike. 

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Dan Mold
Deputy Editor

Deputy Editor on PhotoPlus: The Canon Magazine, Dan also brings his technical wizardry and editing skills to Digital Camera World. He has been writing about all aspects of photography for over 10 years, having previously served as technical writer and technical editor for Practical Photography magazine, as well as Photoshop editor on Digital Photo

Dan is an Adobe-certified Photoshop guru, making him officially a beast at post-processing – so he’s the perfect person to share tips and tricks both in-camera and in post. Able to shoot all genres, Dan provides news, techniques and tutorials on everything from portraits and landscapes to macro and wildlife, helping photographers get the most out of their cameras, lenses, filters, lighting, tripods, and, of course, editing software.