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Sac Bee fires photographer over altered pictures

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) – The Sacramento Bee has fired a longtime photographer who editors say broke newspaper policy by digitally altering photos.

In a letter to readers Saturday (, the Bee says Bryan Patrick manipulated a photo published in the newspaper last Sunday.

A reader emailed to say the photo of a snowy egret stealing a frog from a great egret looked altered. The Bee published a correction and apology.

The newspaper says a review of Patrick’s work found a shadow removed and flowers inserted into a photo published online in September.

The Bee’s ethics policy prohibits photos from being changed “in any way that alters the reality of the image.”

The Bee is a member of The Associated Press, which has the same policy. The AP has protectively eliminated all of Patrick’s photos from its photo archive.

Attempts to reach Patrick were unsuccessful.

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