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

Fuji FinePix X100 + 35mm f2 lens; 1/180 sec at f4; ISO 1000.


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Brent Stirton, South Africa

Brent Stirton is a South African photographer who has photographed remote regions and the clash between man and the his environment for over 15 years. His investigative work appears most often in National Geographic Magazine as well as many other international publications. Brent has received multiple awards for his work and his pictures have appeared in numerous exhibitions in over twenty countries. Brent is currently working on a global series on endangered habitats and animals, looking at solutions, leadership and fund-raising efforts through which our natural world can be preserved and respected.

  • The real cost
  • Waste product
  • Sunset over the land of rhinos
  • Weighing up the value
  • Learning to fight back
  • 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