WPY 2017

Photograph Details

Winner 2017

The Wildlife Photojournalist Award: Story

Brent Stirton, South Africa

Rhino Horn: The ongoing atrocity

Although the international trade in rhino horn was banned more than 40 years ago, horns still have a higher value on the black market than gold or cocaine. From the poorest of poachers to the richest of ranchers, this illegal trade is ultimately driven by human beliefs.

Technical specification

Image 1: Canon EOS-1D X; 28mm f2.8 lens; 1/250 sec at f9; ISO 200; flash.
Image 2: Canon EOS-1D X; 24mm lens; 1/200 sec at f3.2; ISO 200.
Image 3: Canon EOS 5D; 35mm f1.4 lens; 1/250 sec at f8; ISO 100.
Image 4: Canon EOS-1D X; 28mm f2 lens; 1/125 sec at f2.8; ISO 3200; flash.
Image 5: Canon EOS-1D X; 35mm f1.4 lens; 1/250 sec at f2.8; ISO 800.
Image 6: Fuji FinePix X100; 35mm f2 lens; 1/210 sec at f4; ISO 640.


Ho Chi Min City, Vietnam: latitude 10.805807, longitude 106.633896 Ho Chi Min City, Vietnam: latitude 10.805807, longitude 106.633896

Ho Chi Min City, Vietnam

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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
  • Learning to fight back
  • 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