A news story that popped into my mailbox yesterday is the development of the Wildlife Photographer of the Year competition.
Greenpeace are objecting to a picture that won the people’s choice award by photographer Alain Mafart Renodier.
The reason for the objection is that the now respected wildlife photographer, helped bomb a Greenpeace ship 31 years ago.
He is better known to activists as Alain Mafart, and was a former French secret service agent who helped blow up the Greenpeace ship Rainbow Warrior in Auckland in 1985.
The Transformation from secret service to wildlife photographer has angered and shocked Greenpeace, not least because the French attack on the Rainbow Warrior killed Fernando Pereira, a Portuguese photographer.
John Sauven, Exe director of Greenpeace UK told the Sunday Times “He killed an environmental photographer in an act of state sponsored terrorism”
Of course, artistically, the image is of supreme style, grace and substance, however Greenpeace argues that voters should be aware of Mafart’s past and have called for the image to be withdrawn from the competition.
Rainbow Warrior was blown up by the French secret service with limpet mines in July 1985.
The attack was intended to halt protests at France’s nuclear warhead testing programme on the Plynesian atoll of Mururoa.
Mafart helped deliver the limpet mines to plant on the ship and was one of two military officers convicted in New Zealand of Manslaughter, servicing just two years.