2009 Photo Contest, Nature, Stories, 1st prize

Steve Winter

National Geographic

17 June, 2007

Snow leopard in the Hemis National Park, near Ladakh, in the Indian Himalayas. Snow leopards have the longest tails of any cat in the world. They use their tails for balance while racing down steep mountain trails after prey. 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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