Experts Against Experts

The Night Raider

Marcio Cabral



Source: Biosphoto (website)

URL: (Accessed September 12, 2018)

Marcio Cabral / Biosphoto


“After a thorough investigation, and a review of all of the information collated, a decision was made.“

(From an email from Wildlife of the Year competition office)


This photograph by Marcio Cabral was one of the winners of the Wildlife Photographer of the Year competition in 2017, but before long, third party accusations were made that the anteater in the photograph could be the taxidermied prop at the entrance of the park where the image was taken. The museum carried out a several week-long investigation.


While an expert panel of investigators concluded that the anteater in Cabral’s image bore too much similarity to the taxidermied specimen to be a coincidence, the photography website, Petapixel, made a case the image is genuine. The museum ultimately decided to rescind Cabral’s prize because, from their perspective, it violated the contest’s rule that “entries must not deceive the viewer or attempt to misrepresent the reality of nature.” (Natural History Museum, London [2]) Unless the photographer can provide clear evidence he did not stage the photo, the museum will not reverse its decision, and will bar him from entering the contest ever again.




Amos, Jonathan. “Wildlife Photo Competition Disqualifies ‛Stuffed Anteater’ Image.” BBC, April 27, 2018.


Cabral, Marcio. “Sobre o Fotógrafo.” Fotoexplorer, 2016.


Dwyer, Colin. “The Wrong Stuff: Prize-Winning Wildlife Photographer Accused of Using Taxidermy.” National Public Radio, April 27, 2018.


Jensen, Helena L.. “Letter Emailed to Marcio Cabral: Wildlife Photographer of the Year Competition 2017 (‛the Competition’) Image: The Night Raider.” Natural History Museum, London, April 23, 2018.


Natural History Museum, London [1]. “Adult Competition: Rules.” Accessed August 29, 2018.


Natural History Museum, London [2]. “Press Statement the Night Raider: Wildlife Photographer of the Year Image Disqualified.” Accessed August 29, 2018.


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