US Comedian Conan O’Brien Roasts Award-Winning Stuffed Anteater Photo

By Kehl Bayern / May 21, 2018

There seems to be a lot of scrutiny surrounding photography contests these days. And much of that is increasingly justified by revelations of shady contests and phantom organizations behind them.

We’ve covered some of the more recent stories, including seemingly fake contests judged by famous photographers who had no idea they were participating in the said evaluation.

A more recent scandal is either more lighthearted in nature, or sad, depending on your outlook on life, and that scandal is the tale of the photograph featuring a stuffed anteater that won a wildlife photography prize. Not only has this award drawn derision from nearly every corner of the photography community but also has captured the attention of the wider media as well.

Image via Pixabay from Pexels.com.

Further, the claims on the part of the photographer that he did all of this without knowing it wasn’t real have drawn eye rolls at best and laughter at worst.

One always looking to cash in on some easy laughs, US comedian and late night talk show host Conan O’Brien, known for his sardonic wit and topical commentary, lampooned the recent discovery of the fake anteater in the photo with a skit on his program.

To be fair, the anteater in question is a taxidermied specimen so it isn’t as if the photographer Marcio Cabral attempted to posit a stuffed product from Amazon as the real thing.

For his part, Marcio Cabral says that he is innocent of any wrongdoing and that he was unaware the animal was a taxidermy anteater. Additionally, he stresses that he would like to move on with his life and that the furore surrounding the wildlife photography prize has “ruined his career.”

There’s little doubt that such a public outing would be tough to weather for a professional photographer but it definitely doesn’t look like the story is going anywhere anytime soon, especially if Conan O’Brien and his fellow comedians have anything to say about it.

If you’d like to watch monologue you can do so on YouTube by clicking here.


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About the author

Kehl Bayern

Kehl Bayern is our staff news writer and has over a decade of experience in online media and publishing. In terms of photography, he is interested in architecture and modern design. Kehl Bayern is also the author of science fiction thriller Animus Proxy. He is based in Boston, Massachusetts and studied politics at the University of Virginia and, later, Harvard University for graduate school. He spends much of his time traveling up and down the east coast of the United States. You can follow him on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook.

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