2009 Photo Contest, Nature, Stories, 1st prize

Steve Winter

National Geographic

06 November, 2006

Ranger Ishfag Ahmad scans the slopes for mountain goats, the snow leopard's favorite prey, in the Chitral Gol National Park, Pakistan. Biologist Tom McCarthy sets a snare beside a tree raked by cat claws. After months of work, one snow leopard was captured and fitted with a satellite collar, giving valuable information on where they roam. 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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