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Wildlife Photography Prize Revoked for Taxidermy Anteater
Brazilian wildlife photographer Marcio Cabral was named the winner of Natural History Museum’s Wildlife Photographer of the Year Award for his photograph of a giant anteater approaching a glowing termite mound at night. That award has been rescinded after judges concluded that the anteater pictured was a taxidermy specimen located outside the Emas National Park visitor center in Brazil. Cabral submitted the photograph in the “animals in their environment” category and denies using a stuffed animal, claiming he waited for days for the right conditions to photograph the anteater. Cabral cooperated with the investigation and supplied image files from before and after the winning shot, none of which contained an anteater.
Read the full story (The Guardian)
Magnum Photos Launches Free Newspaper
Renowned photographer cooperative Magnum Photos has launched its own newspaper, Magnum Chronicles, edited by the New York-based Magnum photographer Peter van Agtmael. The publication will be available in print, for free, as well as online via the Magnum website. Van Agtmael hopes that the free newspaper will be more democratic than a photobook, stating that with a photobook, “you end up with a few thousand beautiful copies bought by a small community of people who share your view.” The first issue is titled “A Brief Visual History in the Time of ISIS.”
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Photographer Abbas Attar Dies at 74
Iranian photographer Abbas Attar (known as Abbas) died in Paris on April 25 at the age of 74. One of Magnum’s veteran photographers, his decades-long career straddled the line between art and photojournalism. Abbas covered the Iranian Revolution between 1978 and 1980, as well as conflicts in Vietnam, Bangladesh, and Northern Ireland.
Read the full story (The Art Newspaper)
“Monkey Selfie” Lawsuit Dismissed
Nearly ten years after a Celebes crested macaque named Naruto photographed himself with wildlife photographer David Slater’s camera, the Ninth Circuit court of appeals upheld a previous decision to dismiss the lawsuit brought by PETA on behalf of Naruto. The “Monkey Selfie” legal saga has been widely reported and studied as a case of animal rights as well as copyright law. In the three-judge panel opinion, Judge Carols T. Bea wrote, “The Copyright Act does not expressly authorize animals to file copyright infringement suits under the statute. Therefore […] Naruto lacks statutory standing to sue under the Copyright Act.”
Read the full story (Hyperallergic)