Ivory wars: from the frontline
Elephant poaching is one of the most lucrative black markets in the world. Each year up to 154 tonnes of ivory are trafficked out of east Africa, and around 25,000 to 35,000 elephants killed. Illegal ivory presents an opportune source of funding for armed criminal groups who come into regular conflict with conservation officials in the central and east African regions. Brent set out to focus international attention on the people who are profiting most and those at the sharp end of the ivory war, the rangers who risk their lives to stop the killing.
Canon EOS-1D X + 24–70mm f2.8 lens; 1/250 sec at f16; ISO 200.
Nzara, South Sudan
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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 international media, and has received multiple international awards, including the Natural History Museum’s Wildlife Photojournalist of the Year Award in 2013 and 2014.