Tuesday, December 29, 2009


I posted this image of an Iberian wolf back on October 27, (scroll down to see original post). The image, shot by Jose Luis Rodriguez won the Veolia Environment Wildlife Photographer of the Year award and was selected from over 43,000 entries from 91 countries. Staff at the Natural History Museum opened an investigation after learning the image may have breached competition rules and it seems the photographer may be stripped of his title. At issue are allegations that the photographer used a farm raised "animal model" rather than capturing the spontaneous behaviour of a wild wolf. Kingsley Marten, the managing director of the Association of Photographers said the rules, which clearly state that images of captive animals must be declared and that judges will take preference to images taken in free and wild conditions. Full story from The Independent HERE. Set up with a tamed wolf or not its a great shot that would require a great amount of planning and photographic skill.

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