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. Snow leopards conceal themselves among rocky outcrops when hunting for prey. The worldwide population of the cats is thought to be between 3,500 and 7,000, but because they are so elusive exact numbers are hard to estimate. 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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