WPY 2014

Photograph Details

Winner 2014

Special Award: Wildlife Photojournalist of the Year

Brent Stirton, South Africa

What future for lions?

The lives of lions are now inextricably linked to those of humans. This portfolio highlights some of the ways in which humans regard lions and utilize them. At one extreme is ‘canned-lion’ hunting, where lions are bred on farms specifically to be killed by wealthy hunters and their bones exported to Asia. Elsewhere in Africa, where the risk of a lion attack is a reality, communities are finding ways to live alongside these predators and may even engage in conservation initiatives. Lion conservation is a subject riddled with ethical and practical challenges, conflicts and compromises, all within the wider contexts of habitat loss and global economic and political pressures. The fact is, though, that lion numbers continue to fall and that the species faces a high risk of extinction in the wild.

Technical specification

Image 1: Canon EOS-1D X + 24–70mm f2.8 lens at 24mm; 250 sec at f16; ISO 320.
Image 2: Canon EOS-1D X + 24–70mm f2.8 lens; 1/250 sec at f16; ISO 320.
Image 3: Canon EOS-1D X + 24–70mm f2.8 lens; 1/250 sec at f14; ISO 320.
Image 4: Canon EOS-1D X + 24–70mm f2.8 lens; 1/250 sec at f4.6; ISO 320.
Image 5: Canon EOS 5D Mark III + 24–70mm f2.8 lens; 1/30 sec at f22; ISO 160.
Image 6: Canon EOS 5D Mark III + 24–70mm f2.8 lens; 1/250 sec at f4.5; ISO 160.

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Brent Stirton

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
  • 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
  • Point of sale