Wolf in another’s clothing
LONDON: IT was a stunning wildlife shot described as a “fairytale” image – and little did the judges know just how accurate their assessment was.
This week this shot of a wolf leaping over a gate was stripped of first place in the Wildlife Photographer of the Year competition after judges ruled the picture was probably faked.
The winning entry, by Jose Luis Rodriguez, beat thousands to scoop the prize in October 2009.
But rather than depicting a wild animal, critics say the subject is a captive wolf, in breach of the competition’s rules.
The wolf was remarkably similar to a tame animal from a zoo near Madrid, while the countryside resembles the Canada Real Centre Zoological Park near the Spanish capital.
The photographer, who will miss out on the £10 000 prize cheque, denied he used a tame wolf. – Daily Mail