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"Circles of protection" at Addo Elephant National Park, South Africa ©John Vosloo

2017 PHOTOGRAPHER OF THE YEAR & WILDLIFE CATEGORY WINNER

  

John Vosloo – "Circles of protection"

 

Judges' comments:

John Vosloo's image is not only technically sound, but there is also a rich and complex visual story. It is the story of matriarchal and herd protection, of the African elephants’ dignified dedication to protecting their young and their species.

 

Elephants face unprecedented persecution from international wildlife criminals, from human-wildlife conflict pressures, habitat loss and from trophy hunters that persist in their strategy to remove the remaining large-tusked individuals. This magnificant photo speaks of the plight of elephants across Africa, and of their resilience – if only humans would change their ways.

 

Many photographers this year have told wonderful stories with their images, but none as powerfully as John.