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

Image 1: Canon-1D Mark IV + 70-200mm f2.8 lens; 1/250 sec at f5; ISO 250.
Image 2: Canon 5D Mark II + 16-35mm lens; 1/10 sec at f11; ISO 100.
Image 3: Canon 5D Mark II + 70-200mm f2.8 lens; 1/60 sec at f10; ISO 250.
Image 4: Canon 5D Mark II + 24mm f1.4 lens; 1/250 sec at f6.3; ISO 100.
Image 5: Canon 5D Mark II + 24-70mm f2.8 lens; 1/250 sec at f5.6; ISO 100.
Image 6: Fuji FinePix X100 + 35mm f2 lens; 1/180 sec at f4; ISO 1000.

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Brent Stirton, South Africa

Brent is a photojournalist who spends half of the year on environmental issues and the other half on more conventional photojournalistic themes. He is represented by Verbatim by Getty Images and most of his work is shot for National Geographic magazine.

  • The real cost
  • Waste product
  • Sunset over the land of rhinos
  • Weighing up the value
  • 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
  • Memorial to a species
  • The spoils of war
  • Survivors
  • In the firing line
  • The price they pay
  • Ivory widows
  • Ivory haul
  • Memorial to a species
  • The rhino-horn farmer
  • Saving Hope
  • Last of a kind
  • Caring for Lulah
  • Point of sale