A young Siberian tigress is laid out, awaiting an autopsy. Its emaciated body was found under a car, missing a forepaw. Undoubtedly, it had chewed off its own foot after being caught in a poacher’s trap. Unable to hunt, it would have slowly starved to death. For Antonio, seeing such a majestic animal reduced to this was heartbreaking.
Siberian tigers have been hunted almost to extinction, with barely 360 left in the wild. Despite being classified as endangered for the past few decades, their numbers continue to decline, as they are hunted by poachers and their homes are lost to deforestation. Human disregard continues to decimate tiger populations, leaving their fate hanging in the balance.
Canon EOS 5D Mark IV + 24–70mm f2.8 lens; 160 sec at f5.6; ISO 400
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Antonio Olmos, Mexico / UK
Antonio is a photojournalist who has covered issues concerning human rights, the environment and conflict. He has worked extensively in the Americas, the Middle East and Africa for newspapers and magazines as well as leading NGOs including the World Wildlife Fund. Antonio is represented by the Eyevine Photo Agency and is a regular contributor to the Guardian and the Observer.