PAUSE FOR THOUGHT
In October, South African photojournalist Brent Stirton was announced as the winner of the 2017 Wildlife Photographer of the Year competition for this heart-wrenching, savage portrait of a black rhino killed for its horn in Hluhluwe-iMfolozi. In 2015, an estimated 5 000 black rhino remained in the wild. Since then, their numbers have fallen even further. “When an image shocks us, there needs to be a good reason,” says Lewis Blackwell, chair of the competition jury. “With this one, there is.”
The Wildlife Photographer of the Year competition is owned by the Natural History Museum in London.