2012 Photo Contest, Nature, Stories, 3rd prize

Shark Fin

Photographer

Paul Hilton

for Pew/Greenpeace International/Shark Savers

03 April, 2011

Shark and ray heads hang on the top deck of a fishing boat in Raj Ampat, in an area designated as a shark and ray sanctuary.

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

Raja Ampat, Indonesia

Shark and ray heads hang on the top deck of a fishing boat in Raja Ampat, in an area designated as a shark and ray sanctuary. 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
1/160 sec
Focal length
26 mm
F-Stop
16
ISO
640
Camera
Canon EOS 1D Mark IV

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