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.
There are more tigers living in cages in the USA than in the wild in Asia.
Perhaps as many as 10,000 live in private ‘roadside zoos’ or are kept as pets. There are currently no laws in the USA to regulate big cat ownership. Steve Winter participated in a two-year investigation that uncovered the mass breeding of cubs for petting and photo attractions, as well as the killing of ‘excess’ tigers, the exportation of tiger parts, and widespread tiger abuse.