#2 of TCQ’s Allowable Changes
Allowable Change #2
Resizing the entire photograph
A. The overall image area may be resized — before and/or after cropping — but no select portions of the image area can be resized apart from that overall resizing or the result is disqualified from Q2.
B. Any upsizing method (including AI- and machine-learned processes) that is acceptable to respected international news organizations will meet rinairs and thus will not disqualify a photo from TCQ. (Of course, if with any particular photograph the upsizing process results in any TCQ-disqualifying artifacts, anomalies, or depictions that misrepresent the appearance of the scene, the photo will be disqualified by Q7.)
D. Q3 prohibits any variation in the scale of component elements when combining exposures should any elements have been recorded using a different magnification.
E. In a TCQ photograph, the Canvas Size may be reduced (that’s called cropping).
F. But increasing Canvas Size — that is, adding any blank area that is then filled in with pictorial content — always disqualifies a photograph from Q2. That is true even if the added area is filled with something that “could have” been recorded or is even cloned from within the same photograph, like a blown-out background or blank blue sky.