The winners of 2017 Wildlife Photographer of the Year contest are officially revealed. The winner of the fifty-third competition is photojournalist Brent Stirton with his heartbreaking photo titled Memorial to a species. The photo shows a recently shot and de-horned black rhino in South Africa’s Hluhluwe Imfolozi Game Reserve.
We already know that this contest doesn’t only show the beauties of the natural world, but also the problems. The winning image points out to the problem of poaching and illegal trade in rhino horn. Due to poaching, the species on the verge of extinction. According to Stirton, he visited over thirty he crime scenes like this while covering this tragic story.