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