WPY 2012

Photograph Details

Winner 2012

Wildlife Photojournalist Award

Steve Winter, USA

The Tiger's Tale

'My aim with this story', says Steve, a photojournalist shooting for National Geographic, 'was to try to document the beauty of tigers, the serious threats they face and the heroic efforts to protect them.' Despite millions of dollars spent on tiger conservation over four decades, tiger numbers continue to plummet. Fewer than 3,200 remain in the wild, the majority in India.

Technical specification

Canon EOS 5D Mark II + 16-35mm f2 lens at 24mm; 1/8 sec at f9; ISO 400; Lumidyne flash.

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Steve Winter, USA

Steve became a National Geographic photojournalist in 1991, realising his childhood dream. He specialises in wildlife, especially big cats (his latest book is on tigers). A previous winner of Wildlife Photographer and Wildlife Photojournalist of the Year, he lectures globally on photography and conservation issues, concerned about the natural world, its people and cultures.

  • Last wild picture
  • Last look
  • A burning issue
  • Little victim
  • Dangerous crossover
  • Tiger defenders
  • Hollywood cougar
  • Sacrifice