2009 Photo Contest, Nature, Stories, 1st prize

Steve Winter

National Geographic

12 September, 2006

Snow leopard in the Zanskar valley, near Ladakh, in the Indian Himalayas. Snow leopards kill livestock belonging to villagers. A scheme whereby trekkers stay with villagers who have agreed to protect local wildlife, and pay for food and board, offers an incentive to conservation. The money is more than enough to replace lost stock. 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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