2012 Photo Contest, Nature, Stories, 3rd prize

Shark Fin

Photographer

Paul Hilton

for Pew/Greenpeace International/Shark Savers

04 June, 2011

Shark fins of different sizes on sale in a shop in Hong Kong’s Sheung Wan district.

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

Hong Kong, China

Shark fins of different sizes on sale in a shop in Hong Kong’s Sheung Wan district. 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 percent of the shark population in open oceans has already disappeared.

Technical information

Shutter Speed
1/250 sec
Focal length
31 mm
F-Stop
6.3
ISO
1250
Camera
Canon EOS 1D Mark IV

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