2009 Photo Contest, Nature, Stories, 1st prize

Steve Winter

National Geographic

25 May, 2007

Snow leopard in the Hemis National Park, near Ladakh, in the Indian Himalayas. Threats to snow leopards' survival include the popularity of pelts, use of body parts in traditional medicine, and revenge killings by farmers already struggling in a hostile environment, who are plunged further into poverty when an animal kills valuable livestock. 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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