WPOTY dis­qual­i­fies win­ning im­age

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AF­TER a three-week in­ves­ti­ga­tion car­ried out by the Nat­u­ral His­tory Mu­seum, one of the win­ning im­ages from 2017’s Wildlife Pho­tog­ra­pher of the Year has been dis­qual­i­fied.

The im­age, ‘ The Night Raider’, from the An­i­mals in Their En­vi­ron­ment cat­e­gory, was taken by Marcio Cabral at the Emas Na­tional Park in Brazil.

Ev­i­dence was pre­sented to the mu­seum by third par­ties that it is highly likely the an­i­mal in the photo is a taxi­dermy spec­i­men. The in­ves­ti­ga­tion called on five sci­en­tists – two ex­perts on mam­mals and a taxi­dermy spe­cial­ist from the mu­seum it­self along with two ex­ter­nal au­thor­i­ties, a South Amer­i­can mam­mals ex­pert and a spe­cial­ist anteater re­searcher.

The team ex­am­ined high-res­o­lu­tion im­ages of a taxi­dermy anteater that is kept at a visi­tor cen­tre lo­cated at an en­trance to the park.

Each of the five sci­en­tists worked in­de­pen­dently of each other, but all came to the same con­clu­sion – that the over­all pos­ture, mor­phol­ogy, the po­si­tion of raised tufts of fur and the pat­tern­ing on the neck and top of the head are too sim­i­lar to de­pict two dif­fer­ent an­i­mals. The ex­perts would have ex­pected there to be at least some vari­a­tion be­tween two in­di­vid­u­als of the same species.

The pho­tog­ra­pher strongly de­nies the al­le­ga­tions. Marcio Cabral co- op­er­ated fully with the in­ves­ti­ga­tion, sup­ply­ing raw for­mat im­ages, in­clud­ing those taken be­fore and af­ter the win­ning im­age.

The im­age will be re­moved from the ex­hi­bi­tion and the tour. Ac­cord­ing to the BBC, Cabral in­tends to re­turn to the park to col­lect ev­i­dence, which he hopes will ex­on­er­ate him.

The im­age that has been dis­qual­i­fied from the Wildlife Pho­tog­ra­pher of the Year con­test

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