WPY 2012

Photograph Details

Runner-up 2012

Wildlife Photojournalist Award

Brent Stirton, South Africa

Deadly Medicine

This is a tragic story about a growing fashion for consuming rhino horn that now threatens the extinction of rhinos. Their horns, mere keratin, the substance of fingernails, is now more valuable than gold on the Asian black market.

Technical specification

Canon 5D Mark II + 24mm f1.4 lens; 1/250 sec at f6.3; ISO 100.


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Brent Stirton, South Africa

Brent has an extensive history in documentary photography, including coverage of water issues in more than 30 countries. He has a strong focus on sustainability and the environment. His work has been widely published in leading international media and he has received multiple international awards, including Wildlife Photojournalist of the Year 2013 for his work on the ivory trade.

  • The real cost
  • Waste product
  • Sunset over the land of rhinos
  • Learning to fight back
  • The consumer
  • Out of Africa
  • Ivory trash
  • A traditional killing
  • Blessed profits
  • From tooth to totem
  • The end of elephants
  • Bred to be killed
  • Value choice
  • Trophies and trade
  • Choreography of the kill
  • Lion guardians
  • Living with lions