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Acclaimed wolf photo believed to be staged

[large thumbnail url=”acclaimed-wolf-photo-believed-to-be-staged” filename=”news” year=”2010″ month=”01″ day=”25″] [thumbnail icon url=”acclaimed-wolf-photo-believed-to-be-staged” filename=”news” year=”2010″ month=”01″ day=”25″] Winner of Britain’s Natural History Museum’s Wildlife Photographer of the Year has been stripped of his prize due to accusations of fraud.

Jose Luis Rodriguez managed to snap a remarkable photo of a jumping wolf – which he claimed to be a wild wolf.

However, it appears, according to a report in the British newspaper, the Guardian, that the wolf in the photo was actually a hired actor – an iberian wolf called Ossian who calls a Spanish wildlife park home.

The competition rules prohibit the use of any kind of animal models.

The photo has been reproduced all over the world in print, and online, so much of the damage of the fraud has already been done. However, Rodriguez was stripped of his 10,000 pound (roughly $15,000) prize.

While the photo remains beautiful, it is no longer the remarkable achievement the viewers and judges alike once thought it was.

You can read a full article here: Wildlife Photographer of the Year stripped of his award

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