WPY 2010

Photograph Details

Winner 2010

Wildlife Photojournalist Award

Mark Leong, United States of America

'It's just an animal'

Medicine, cosmetics, food, luxury goods, fashion, entertainment, aquariums, interior design, pets… the international markets for wildlife and wildlife products are insatiable, and the illegal trade in rare and endangered species is thriving. Mark's reportage captures the ignorance, apathy, corruption and cruelty that sustain this multi-billion-dollar industry. 'The hardest challenge conservation bodies face', he says, 'is the widespread "its only an animal" mindset that so many people have'.

Technical specification

Nikon D2x + 17-35mm f2.8 lens; 1/50 sec at f3.2; ISO 400.



Mark Leong, United States of America

  • The skin trade
  • Supplying demand
  • Market goods
  • The making of a pet
  • The orphans