Hey All, After submitting a few photos for a reptile and amphibian photography competition with rules that allow some minor manipulation, it got me thinking, I (Prior to this competition) have never altered any of my photos and would rather take a great photo on the camera and if it doesn't work out, there's more to practice on next time. What are your thoughts on the alteration of photos? Is it cheating as a photograper? I'm interested in your thoughts. These were the rules regarding alteration. "Digital adjustments are only acceptable if limited to cleaning work, levels, curves, colour, saturation and contrast work, applied to the image as a whole. The faithful representation of a natural form, behaviour or phenomenon must be maintained" And here is a sample of a photo that has been altered, dunno if I've even done it right, but it definitely feels wrong to change it. First photo is the altered version.