I think Hasselblad masters is much much worse.
- Should be renamed "photoshop masters", because the end result has absolutely nothing to do with the original camera capturing the shot.
Using filters and effects to dramatize news is bad.
Using filters and effects to dramatize a photo for a contest, if there are no particular rules about it....who cares.
Article has nothing to do with the darkroom per se, other than the darkroom no longer being relevant for journalistic photography, as everyone machineguns with digi's these days.
I am rarely impressed by war and hunger journalist-shots anyway, seems like there are 1000 clichés competing for first price, and the photo that wins, has been seen a million times before.
- Which is boring, to be honest.