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The winner of the contest of wildlife photos was disqualified for a photo of a stuffed anteater

The picture was studied by five different experts, but the photographer still denied the deception.

A disqualified photograph. Photo by Marcio Cabral, NHM
A disqualified photograph. Photo by Marcio Cabral, NHM

A photo of an anteater, who won the Wildlife Photographer of the Year in 2017, was disqualified after it was found out that she depicted a stuffed animal. In the picture, an anteater was found near the termite queen in the Brazilian national park Emas, it was taken by Marcio Cabral.

The snapshot was stripped of the prize after experts concluded that it depicted a scarecrow that was put up at one of the entrances to the national park. The Museum of Natural Sciences said that it suspected something was wrong when the anonymous people sent a photograph of a scarecrow and questioned the truthfulness of the winning picture.

Photo stuffed anteater. A picture sent to the Museum of Natural History
Photo stuffed anteater. A picture sent to the Museum of Natural History
Both pictures were studied by five taxidermists and experts on mammals, working independently of each other. They compared the photos and came to the conclusion that the poses of animals, as well as the position of the hair bundles and the color on the neck are too similar.

Cabral completely denies that the photograph shows a scarecrow and claims that he had witnesses – other photographers and tourists.

Hardly anyone would have noticed how a scarecrow is transferred from one place to another and put in such a position [as in the photo].

Marcio Cabral
photographer

The museum came to the conclusion that Cabral violated the rules of the competition, according to which participants should not “deceive the viewer” or somehow hide or distort the realism of nature.

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