WPY 2018

Photograph Details

Winner 2018

Wildlife Photojournalist Award: Photo Story

Alejandro Prieto, Mexico

Gunning for the Jaguar

Alejandro’s photo story is a sensitive and thoughtful portrayal of the jaguars of Mexico and their enduring struggle to survive. Mexico’s jaguar population has declined dramatically since the beginning of the twentieth century, with fewer than 5,000 remaining. If the pattern continues, extinction is inevitable. Yet Alejandro still hopes there is time to change the jaguar’s story.

Jaguars are at constant risk from human activity where they live in South America and Mexico. These enigmatic animals are being assaulted from all sides – poaching, habitat loss, persecution and conflict with ranchers. The narrative can only change if humans stop and allow jaguars to make use of their extraordinary ability to adapt.

Technical specification

Image 1: Nikon D3300 + Sigma 10–20mm lens;; 1/200 sec at f9; ISO 200; Home-made waterproof camera box; Two Nikon flashes + plexiglas tubes; Trailmaster infrared remote trigger
Image 2: Nikon D3300 + Sigma 10–20mm lens; 1/200 sec at f8; ISO 200; Home-made waterproof camera box; Two Nikon flashes + plexiglas tubes; Trailmaster infrared remote trigger
Image 3: Canon EOS 5D Mark II + 16–35mm f2.8 lens; 1/125 sec at f4; ISO 3200
Image 4: Canon EOS 5D Mark II + 16–35mm f2.8 lens; 1/160 sec at f5; ISO 400
Image 5: Canon EOS 5D Mark II + 16–35mm; f2.8 lens; 1/4000 sec at f4.5; ISO 800
Image 6: Canon EOS 5D Mark II + 16–35mm; f2.8 lens 1/5000 sec at f6.3; ISO 800 


Sierra de Vallejo, Nayarit, Mexico: latitude 20.933052, longitude -105.20314 Sierra de Vallejo, Nayarit, Mexico: latitude 20.933052, longitude -105.20314

Sierra de Vallejo, Nayarit, Mexico

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Alejandro Prieto

Alejandro Prieto, Mexico

Alejandro is a wildlife photojournalist based in Guadalajara, Mexico. He focuses on conservation photography.

  • Cold-blooded killing
  • Cats for Cows
  • The Good Hunter
  • Remains of the Past
  • Hope for the Future
  • Jaguars Come to Town