2009 Photo Contest, Nature, 1st prize

Steve Winter

National Geographic

29 May, 2007

A snow leopard stalks through a snow storm in the Hemis National Park, near Ladakh, in the Indian Himalayas. The cats' large eyes are well-adapted to low-light vision, so they can hunt in near total darkness. Secretive, solitary and well-camouflaged among the snow-covered rocks of their mountainous habitats, snow leopards are among the most elusive creatures on earth.

About the photographer

Steve Winter

American photographer Steve Winter started taking photos as a child while growing up in rural Indiana. After graduating from the Academy of Art and the University of San Francisc...

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