2009 Photo Contest, Nature, Stories, 1st prize

Steve Winter

National Geographic

23 February, 2007

A snow leopard walks high in the mountains, in the Hemis National Park, near Ladakh, in the Indian Himalayas. The cats hunt mainly at night, or at dusk and dawn. 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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