2012 Photo Contest, Nature, Stories, 3rd prize

Shark Fin

Photographer

Paul Hilton

for Pew/Greenpeace International/Shark Savers

09 June, 2011

Staff at a drying facility outside Kaohsiung sort thousands of shark fins under the midday sun.

About

Paul Hilton

Paul Hilton is a Hong Kong-based photojournalist, who focuses on global environmental and conservation issues. Presently, Hilton is working on a manta and mobula ray project, Man...

Background story

Kaohsiung, Taiwan

Staff at a drying facility outside Kaohsiung sort thousands of shark fins under the midday sun. Hunting sharks for their fins has become big business across the globe, as shark-fin soup—once an expensive delicacy unaffordable to most—soars in popularity among China’s growing, newly affluent middle class. Up to 73 million sharks are killed annually, and some recent estimates hold that up to 90 per cent of the shark population in open oceans has already disappeared.

Technical information

Shutter Speed
1/1000 sec
Focal length
16 mm
F-Stop
8
ISO
640
Camera
Canon EOS 1D Mark IV

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