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

Image 1: Canon EOS XTi + 16mm-35mm f2.8 lens; 1/160 sec at f11; ISO 200; waterproof camera box + Plexiglas tubes for three Nikon flashes; Trailmaster infrared remote trigger.
Image 2: Canon EOS 5D Mark II + 16-35mm f.2.8 lens; 1/125 sec at f8; ISO 400.
Image 3: Canon EOS 5D Mark II + 16-35mm f2.8 lens; 1/125 sec at f8; ISO 400.
Image 4: Canon EOS Rebel T2i + 10-22mm f3.5-4.5 lens; 1/200 sec at f13; ISO 400; three Nikon flashes; Trailmaster infrared remote trigger.
Image 5: Canon EOS 5D Mark II + 16-35mm f2.8 lens; 1/125 sec at f11; ISO 400.
Image 6: 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 and specialises in photographing big cats. He lectures on photography and conservation issues, selling out venues from the Sydney Opera House to the Roy Thompson Hall in Toronto. He was named Wildlife Photographer of the Year in 2008 and won first prize in the nature story category from World Press Photo in 2008 and 2014.

  • Last wild picture
  • A burning issue
  • Little victim
  • Dangerous crossover
  • Tiger defenders
  • Little cub of hope
  • Hollywood cougar
  • Sacrifice
  • Saved but caged