The 68th annual Pictures of the Year International (POYI) awarded its Global Vision Award to Steve Winter, Panthera’s Media Director, for a collection of 40 photographs of the wildlife and people that populate the grasslands of the Kaziranga National Park in Assam, India. Among the captivating images are a tiger staring down the camera amidst the tall grass, curious one-horned Indian rhinos and blindfolded poachers, apprehended for targeting rhinos for their horns and tigers for their body parts, on their way to interrogation at the park’s ranger station.
“I am deeply honored to receive such a distinguished award for my photographs, which represent the struggle of life in Kaziranga,” said Steve Winter. “These photos show what’s at stake, and the work of the real heroes – the brave people on the ground – who are fighting to preserve wildlife, their habitats and protect magnificent creatures such as tigers, rhinos and elephants from poaching and conflict.”
This winning collection of images captures the range of issues that wildlife face in Kaziranga, home to anywhere between 120-140 wild tigers. Utilizing its hands-on and scientific approach, Panthera has partnerships with a number of conservation organizations across Asia to conserve the endangered tiger and mitigate key threats such as poaching.
“Kaziranga National Park and northeast India are ground zero for tiger conservation efforts," stated Thomas Kaplan, the Founder and Chairman of the Board of Panthera. "By capturing the local strife and urgency surrounding the region's conservation efforts, Steve's vibrant photography tells the story of why critically endangered animals like tigers and rhinos need to be protected from human threats.”
A print and digital exhibition of Steve’s photos and other selected photojournalism from 2010 will be on display at the Newseum in Washington, D.C. from April to October 2011.
Read Panthera’s Press Release about Steve’s Award.