Since the ban on the ivory trade in 1989, hundreds of thousands of elephants have been slaughtered and millions of dollars’ worth of illegal ivory traded. Much of this fuels a religious market of worshippers manifesting their devotion through ivory carvings. No ivory-trafficking kingpin has ever been caught. Every piece of ivory bought marks the death of an elephant. Brent worked with a writer for three years collecting the visual evidence for a story for National Geographic.
Image 1: Canon EOS 5D Mark II + 24mm f1.4 lens at 24mm; 1/250 sec at f10; ISO 100.
Image 2: Canon EOS 5D Mark II + 16-35mm f2.8 lens at 19mm; 1/250 sec at f5.6; ISO 400.
Image 3: Canon EOS 5D Mark II + 16-35mm f2.8 lens at 20mm; 1/60 sec at f4.5; ISO 1000.
Image 4: Canon EOS 5D Mark II + 16-35mm f2.8 lens at 18mm; 1/250 sec at f5; ISO 400.
Image 5: Canon EOS-1D Mark IV + 16-35mm f2.8 lens at 16mm; 1/125 sec at f2.8; ISO 1250.
Image 6: Canon EOS-1D Mark IV + 35mm f1.4 lens at 35mm; 1 sec at f20; ISO 400.
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 international media, and has received multiple international awards, including the Natural History Museum’s Wildlife Photojournalist of the Year Award in 2013 and 2014.