“Rhino Wars” Photo Story Wins Top Award
South African photographer Brent Stirton, with his photo story depicting the appalling rhino poaching taking place in Africa, has won 1st prize in the Nature Category, Stories, at the World Press Photo Awards 2012.
The photo above, one in his series titled “Rhino Wars”, shows a four man anti-poaching team that permanently guards a Northern White Rhino on Ol Pejeta Conservancy in Kenya. The conservancy is the home of four of the remaining eight Northern White Rhino, the world’s most endangered animal.
In the photo below, a man holds up a large rhino horn in the African bush near Klerksdorp, South Africa. The horn has just been removed from a White Rhino in order to save it from poaching.
With the price of rhino horn soaring above that of gold, rhino poachers are being increasingly brutal and daring, often using modern, sophisticated equipment. In 2011 more than 400 rhinos were killed in South Africa alone for their horns.
The Nature Winner, Singles, was Jenny E. Ross from the U.S. for her image (below) of a
a male polar bear as it climbs precariously on the face of a cliff above the ocean at Ostrova Oranskie in northern Novaya Zemlya (an archipelago in the Arctic Ocean in the north of Russia), attempting to feed on seabird eggs.
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