Doing It Old-style

Steve Winter's Image

These tigers carried out old-fashioned circus tricks in a show at Ohio’s Crawford Country Fair.

Their owner – a third-generation tiger trainer – made the animals walk high wires, leap in unison and jump through fire hoops. Although performing tigers remain an integral part of many traditional circuses, there has been a growing backlash against this practice in the USA.


Behind the lens

Steve Winter

Steve became a National Geographic photojournalist in 1991 and specialises in photographing big cats. He lectures on photography and conservation issues, selling out venues from the Sydney Opera House in Australia to the Roy Thompson Hall in Toronto, Canada. He won the grand prize for Wildlife Photographer of the Year in 2008.

Image details

  • Canon EOS-1D X Mark II
  • 24–105mm f4 lens
  • 1/1000 sec at f9.5  •   ISO 1600
  • USA
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