Getty Images photojournalist awarded for his groundbreaking work documenting the cruelty and tragedy of the trade in rhino horn.
The Honorary Jury of one of the world’s most prestigious photography competitions, the Wildlife Photographer of the Year, hosted by the Museum of Natural History, has announced Getty Images photographer Brent Stirton as first place recipient of the distinguished award.
Selected from almost 50,000 entries, Stirton was awarded for his groundbreaking work documenting Rhino horn’s unending wars — a project that investigates the crisis caused by a thriving market for rhino horn, and for which he was also awarded first place in the Wildlife Photojournalist Award: Photo Story category.
The jury awarded Brent's photograph Memorial to a species the competition's most coveted title as it stood out as the most memorable and striking image out of all 16 categories. The judges also noted the image’s “sculptural power” and strong use of light, encapsulating the breakdown of a vulnerable species in a single frame.
“Getty Images is thrilled to announce that our wonderful photojournalist Brent Stirton has been named Wildlife Photographer of the Year,” said Dawn Airey, CEO, Getty Images. “Our mission is to move the world with images. Our passion is the power of imagery to change behaviour and drive change. Nowhere is this more evident than through Brent’s work, which has profoundly raised awareness and educated the world on important issues of animal welfare and conservation.”
Stirton is an award-winning South African-born photojournalist, now based in Los Angeles, who has an extensive history in the documentary world. He’s a special correspondent photographer for Getty Images, and his work has been published by National Geographic, Time, and The New York Times Magazine. He’s also is a long-time photographer for the World Wildlife Fund, with his work featuring in campaigns on sustainability and the environment. He remains committed to issues relating to wildlife and conservation, global health, diminishing cultures, sustainability and the environment.
For more information on the Wildlife Photographer of the Year, and Brent Stirton’s photo essay Rhino horn’s unending wars, click here.