How much manipulation will push an image into digital art category?

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I have seen more and more top rated photographs that have lots of digital manipulation, with whole skies being replaced now becoming more popular. When you completely replace the entire sky, should't that make the image category be digital art?
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Hello Peter, please check our category description page here:

As you can see on bottom of the page:

"Photography Photoshop/Post Processing Rules

In an effort to find the best, and most striking imagery, extensive use of Photoshop or other post processing techniques (including filters and blurred backgrounds) is allowed in all categories. However images that look like “digital art” rather than photography should be categorized as such. Filters and post-processing techniques can’t be so heavy that image looks like painting, details need to be clear for image not to be recategorized to Digital art category."


"Digital Art – This includes photo montages, fantasy scenes, constructed landscapes, artificial scenes and any photo compilation that is surreal or unreal. If it isn’t even trying to look real – put it here. IMPORTANT: all components must be your creations. NO STOCK PHOTOS. Subcategories: People; Places; Things; Abstract; Animals"

So if image looks unreal or surreal it should be categorized in Digital art category.
We do allow montages in all categories if they don't look unreal or surreal.

I hope this helps.

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