‘Wildlife Photographer Of The Year’ Loses Title Over The Use Of Stuffed Animal
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A photographer has been stripped off his title of being ‘Wildlife Photographer of the Year’.
The award-winning image called ‘The Night Raider’ shows an anteater crawling towards a termite mound under the night sky. The image has been disqualified after experts found out that the animal is actually a taxidermy specimen.
Wildlife photo competition disqualifies 'stuffed anteater' image https://t.co/X0WI8FFg6D
— BBC News (World) (@BBCWorld) April 27, 2018
Photographed in Brazil’s Emas National Park, the photo won the ‘Animals in their Environment’ category in 2017. However, the Natural History Museum—who runs the competition—mentioned that it has been receiving multiple calls questioning the image and its authenticity.
The anteater was said to be the same taxidermy animal which was displayed at Portão do Bandeira visitor center. Five experts were asked to investigate the matter and claimed that the taxidermy animal carries identical fur and patterns as the one featured in the winning image.
Photographer Marcio Cabral has denied accusations of the taxidermy specimen and a witness has stepped forward, saying that he has seen the animal too. Unfortunately, additional images showing “before and after” of the winning shot did not include the anteater.
The photographer has breached the competition rules, for “deceiving the competition” as judge Roz Kidman Coz said. He added that breaching the rules is disrespectful as the wildlife photographer competition is built on honesty and integrity.
Winner of Wildlife Photographer of the Year award stripped of prize after investigation found he took a stuffed anteater from a visitor centre (left) to stage his picture (right) https://t.co/GfYsL73Kpl pic.twitter.com/y609iqXkrn
— Oliver Milman (@olliemilman) April 27, 2018
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