WPY 2010

Photograph Details

Specially commended 2010

One Earth Award

Steve Winter, USA

Sacrifice

It took three days for this Asian elephant to die. It had been shot by villagers as it was rampaging through their crops after monsoon floods had forced it out of Kaziranga National Park in Assam, India. Though the shot itself didn't kill the elephant, the bullet had been soaked in acid, and the animal eventually died from septic poisoning. Here, a man prays in front of the body. 'Locals have a mixed relationship with elephants,' says Steve. 'They see them as dangerous and destructive and yet sacred, too,' icons of the Hindu elephant-headed deity Lord Ganesh.

Technical specification

Canon EOS 5D + 16-35MM f2.8L lens. 1/125 sec at f6.7, ISO 400.


Kaziranga National Park, Assam, India: latitude 26.577532, longitude 93.17112 Kaziranga National Park, Assam, India: latitude 26.577532, longitude 93.17112

Kaziranga National Park, Assam, India


Steve Winter, USA

  • Last wild picture
  • Last look
  • A burning issue
  • Little victim
  • Dangerous crossover
  • Tiger defenders
  • Little cub of hope