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Wildlife photog of the year stripped of prize for alleged use of trained animal

Wildlife photographer of the year stripped of prize for alleged use of trained animal.
Wildlife photographer of the year stripped of prize for alleged use of trained animal.
© Jose Luis Rodriguez

Claiming the prize "Wildlife Photographer of the Year" over 43,000 entries, Jose Luis Rodriguez has been stripped of his title and prize after a reconvening of the judging panel. Experts considered a wide range of evidence and the judges concluded that it was likely that the wolf featured in the image was an animal model that could be "hired for photographic purposes".

The disqualified photographer is banned for life and maintains that his subject was a wild wolf.

The annual competition is owned by the Natural History Museum and BBC Wildlife Magazine. More details on this subject available from the BBC here.

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