Nature Photograph of the Year’s Authenticity Questioned
Rodriguez is claiming innocence. This is the explanation of the shot from the Natural History Museum’s website:
José Luis visualized this image many years ago, when Iberian wolves first returned to Ávila in the Castilla y León region of northern Spain, and cattle ranchers declared war on them. His idea was a picture that would symbolize the ancient conflict between humans and wolves, while showing the beauty and strength of this fabled animal. But it took a long time to find the ideal location, let alone a wolf that would jump a gate. His chance came when he found a landowner who was happy to have both the wolves and José Luis on his property, and also had the ideal setting: a copse and an ancient, disused cattle corral.
This shot compares the background from Rodriguez’s shot to a Spanish private natural reserve.