Receiving a prize from the World Press Photo awards is a highly coveted honor for a photojournalist but this year's winner has been surrounded by controversy that may actually harm his reputation. Italian photographer, Giovanni Troilo, had his prize revoked yesterday after an investigation determined that his 10-photo series, The Dark Heart of Europe, had violated the contest's rules. 

The violations related to the fact that at least one photo was miscaptioned for where it had been taken and that at least one photo had been staged by the photographer. The image of Troilo's cousin having sex in the back of a car at night utilised a remote flash that was placed inside the car. The terms for submission do not allow photos that have been staged by the photographer, the organization considers that to be portraiture rather than journalism. 

The WPP says that it rejected 20% of the photos that made it to the final round, due to the fact that they had been digitally manipulated. 

Giovanni Troilo. Image 1.Giovanni Troilo