A huge photo scandal erupted over in Sweden this past weekend after a well-known and award-winning wildlife photographer admitted to faking some of his photographs. Terje Helleso — a nature photographer who was named Nature Photographer of the Year by the Swedish Environmental Protection Agency in 2010 — was discovered to have published multiple images in which stock photographs of hard-to-find animals were Photoshopped into nature scenes.
That photo of a lynx at the top of this post? It was created using this stock photo:
After this story spread like wildfire through the Swedish media last week, Helleso admitted to the manipulation on Saturday. In response, the Swedish Environmental Protection Agency is looking into stripping the photographer of his title.
By the way — when Helleso received his award in May of this year, he stated,
We nature photographers should never forget the responsibility we have with our images, from both a documentary and artistic perspective.
Pretty ironic, wouldn’t you say?