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Steve Winter's Image

Staff at South Carolina’s Myrtle Beach Safari manoeuvred two tigers into position for a photoshoot with the owner’s son.

He regularly poses with the captive animals and has garnered a large social media following. Myrtle Beach selectively breeds tigers for the colour of their fur – a practice known to cause congenital defects like cleft palates and problems with skull development.

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
  • 1/90 sec at f11  •   ISO 1600
  • USA
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