Photo of snow leopard taken by an American photojournalist is ‘fake’


November 26, 2022


Photo of snow leopard taken by an American photojournalist is ‘fake’

Picture of a snow leopard by Kitia Pawlowski that went viral on social media and new reports.

KATHMANDU: The widely-circulated photo of a snow leopard captured in Nepal by Kitia Pawlowski, an American photographer, has been found to be ‘fake’, it has been learned.

The factcheck of the photo of a snow leopard taken in Nepal’s Everest region carried out by ‘Alpine International Magazine’ found that the photo was ‘fake’.

The Alpine International Magazine is a magazine run by experts in mountain life, nature and photography.

It has also expressed doubts whether Pavlovsky is a photographer.

The fact check says, “This is what usually happens in the world of mountain photography. But a novice photographer, a student photographer may be lucky to find such a scene.”

It further says, “And Pawlowski might even be lucky enough to find some snow leopard shots. Some people can barely catch a glimpse even after spending years in the Himalayas. But the problem lies in the nature of the photographs. His structure, the light, is in his place. In other words, in their truth. The problem is the nature of the pictures, their composition, lighting, their location. In other words, their authenticity is in question.”

It said that Pavlovsky’s photographs are excellent, but they are not natural and are mostly created using software such as Photoshop.