2009 Photo Contest, Nature, Stories, 1st prize

Steve Winter

National Geographic

22 July, 2006

The head lama of Karsha Monastery looks out over the Zanskar valley, near Ladakh, in the Indian Himalayas, a prime snow leopard habitat. He invokes Buddhist values of non-violence and respect for life to discourage local people from killing the cats. 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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