Panthera’s Media Director Steve Winter Wins Prestigious Wildlife Photojournalist of the Year Award

The Award-Winning Photo Series

Read Steve Winter’s account of this photographic field trip and what he saw as the major threat facing tigers:

“Despite millions of dollars spent on tiger conservation over the last four decades, tiger numbers continue to plummet. Less than 3,200 tigers remain in the wild, down from 100,000 a century ago; during that time, three of the nine tiger subspecies went extinct (the Bali, Caspian and Java tiger). Tigers now live in small, isolated pockets. Skyrocketing human populations in Asia have eliminated 93 percent of tiger’s historic range during the 20th century, with human settlements, roads, industry and agriculture encroaching on tiger territory, sparking growing human-wildlife conflict. In the early 1990s, the demand for tiger parts for use in traditional Chinese medicine grew exponentially, fueling an illicit, multimillion dollar trade run by international arms and drug dealers. The situation has grown so dire that Thailand, India, and other nations have dispatched armed commandos to protect tiger reserves. I shot this story in three countries, Thailand, Indonesia (Sumatra) and India, trying to document the beauty of the tiger, the serious threats they face, and heroic efforts to protect them.”

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