Wildlife Image Featuring A Stuffed Anteater Disqualified From Wildlife Photographer Of The Year

It's been revealed that a winning image from the Wildlife Photographer of the Year competition has been disqualified as the animal featured is, allegedly, stuffed.

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Wildlife Image Featuring A Stuffed Anteater Disqualified From Wildlife Photographer Of The Year:


It seems that people will go to extraordinary lengths nowadays to win things as a winning entry from the Wildlife Photographer of the Year competition has been disqualified due to it featuring a stuffed anteater. 

London's Natural History Museum, who runs the competition, says the use of a taxidermy animal breaches their rules and as a result, the image, titled 'Night Raider', has been disqualified. 

The photograph took the top title in the 'Animals In Their Environment' category of the 2017 Wildlife Photographer of the Year competition but after 'a careful and thorough investigation' into the image, the Museum has disqualified it from the Wildlife Photographer of the Year competition.

"Evidence was presented to the Museum by third parties that it is highly likely the animal in the awarded photograph is a taxidermy specimen," says the Museum in a statement on its website. "After a thorough investigation, the Museum concluded that the available evidence points to this allegation being true. As a result, the Museum believes that the image breaches the competition rules, which state that 'entries must not deceive the viewer or attempt to misrepresent the reality of nature.'"

According to the Museum, they were contacted in March by an anonymous source who questioned the authenticity of this image and as a result, an investigation was begun. 

Evidence examined included high-resolution photographs of a taxidermy anteater that is kept on display at the national park where the image in question was captured. This was then compared with the competition entry by 5 scientists, who worked independently of each other, and they all concluded that 'there are elements of the animal's posture, morphology, raised tufts of fur and patterns on the neck and head that are too similar for the images to show two different animals.'

Before making its decision, the Museum interviewed the photographer Marcio Cabral, who cooperated fully in the investigation, and they also looked at RAW files the photographer supplied but none featured the anteater. Marcio Cabral did, apparently, give an explanation of why they anteater wasn't in the images (not disclosed) and he also provided a witness who claimed to see the live anteater. 

Photographer Marcio Cabral denies the faking allegations and says the anteater in the image is not a taxidermy specimen.  

It's not the first allegation of cheating to occur in a photography competition and it probably won't be the last with photographer Terje Hellesö hitting the headlines back in 2011 after admitting to doctoring photographs

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User_Removed 12 240 United Kingdom
1 May 2018 5:22PM
My favourite story of the week!

I am now abandoning photographing that stuffed Dodo and claiming it was a lucky encounter in the wild! Grin

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