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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.

PIC­TURE BRENT STIR­TON

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