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Yes, a sad state of affairs in that competition. I simply don't have anything to do with paid entry competitions or salons, or the like. The stuff that does well in them is almost never to my (admittedly conservative) taste. Likely that may sound like sour grapes to some so be it. I was careful to congratulate Dave on his win, and kept quiet when it got taken away. At the time I felt it unproductive to point out how obvious the manipulations where thinking that it was my local knowledge that made it so, and not wishing to cause a fight on the forum we both frequent from time to time.
Quite recently I was asked how I managed to drop in such nice skies in some of my landscape work. I don't know who was more shocked me, at being asked such a question or the questioner, upon being told that I don't drop in skies and that I could not even if I wanted to because I don't know how!
Such is the state of photography here in the UK.