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It seems like another month, another major photographic competition cheating scandal. Recently, the most prominent example was the Wildlife Photographer of the Year competition run by the Natural History Museum. The accusation was that photographer, Marcio Cabral, used a stuffed anteater to create his dramatic winning shot. The Natural History Museum has stripped him of his title after careful examination of the image.
The question is, why does this cheating seem to be happening more and more often?
Increasingly Dramatic Images
The Internet has driven a tidal wave of images that are becoming increasingly more dramatic and complex. These shots are displayed on sites such as 500px and rapidly garner thousands of likes due to their striking compositions. The issue is that many of these images are highly processed and often composited. That in itself is fine if it's not being entered into a competition or used as a documentary or journalistic image. However, to counter this level of imagery, some photographers will often go to great lengths to make their images as visually competitive. When an opportunity arrises to use the image in a competition, the temptation is too great.
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