Just a few days ago, Brazilian photographer Marcio Cabral was disqualified from the 2017 Wildlife Photographer of the Year Competition when it was found out that he placed a stuffed animal in his winning image. The scandal has since gained a lot of attention that even Conan O’ Brien discussed it on his late night show.
National History Museum has announced that it’s disqualifying Marcio Cabral’s winning photo from the 2017 Wildlife Photographer of the Year Competition. Cabral’s image titled The Night Raider won the 2017 Animals in their Environment category.
The winners of 2017 Wildlife Photographer of the Year contest are officially revealed. The winner of the fifty-third competition is photojournalist Brent Stirton with his heartbreaking photo titled Memorial to a species. The photo shows a recently shot and de-horned black rhino in South Africa’s Hluhluwe Imfolozi Game Reserve.
We already know that this contest doesn’t only show the beauties of the natural world, but also the problems. The winning image points out to the problem of poaching and illegal trade in rhino horn. Due to poaching, the species on the verge of extinction. According to Stirton, he visited over thirty he crime scenes like this while covering this tragic story.
The finalists of this year’s Wildlife Photographer of the Year contest include some really striking photos. But one of them illustrates how deep in trouble nature is. Justin Hofman took a sad photo which caused many reactions, and which will stick in our minds for a long time.
The photo features a tiny seahorse tightly grasping a pink, plastic cotton swab in the waters near Indonesian island Sumbawa. This poor animal, and many others, swim and drift surrounded b the enormous amount of trash and sewage.
Wildlife Photographer of the Year is a famous photo contest, showcasing the world’s best nature photography and photojournalism. In its fifty-third year, it still makes us curious about the natural world, shines the spotlight on the beauties, but also on the problems of the natural world. This year’s competition attracted almost 50,000 entries from photographers coming from 92 countries. Until the winner is announced next month, this is the first look into stunning photos from the finalists.