Steve Winter (United States of America)
‘After 10 months and a winter with little snow in Ladakh’s Hemis High Altitude National Park, India, I was running out of hope of getting the picture I wanted. But one freezing morning I checked my remote-controlled camera and found a snow leopard had triggered it the night before, in the frame I’d dreamed of – in its true element.’ Snow leopards are adapted to life in the mountains of central Asia. They have long, waterproof outer fur, dense woolly under-fur and large nasal cavities that warm the air as they breathe it in. This allows them to survi’ve temperatures as low as -40Â°C. But the leopards can also tolerate the heat of the Gobi Desert, where temperatures can reach 40Â°C.
Canon EOS Rebel XT + 10-22mm lens at 16mm; 1/200 sec at f16; ISO 100; waterproof camera box + Plexiglass tubes for flashes; Trailmaster 1550-PS remote trigger.
This is the photographer whose picture has been voted as being the most striking and memorable of all the competitions entries. The award-winner receives a big cash prize and the coveted title Wildlife Photographer of the Year.
The winning photographs will be displayed in an exhibition at the Natural History Museum until 26 April 2009. The Wildlife Photographer of the Year exhibition can also be seen at venues around the UK and internationally. The stunning images from both the 2007 and 2008 exhibitions are now touring worldwide to a venue near you. Use this website to find out where.
Have you got what it takes to become an award winner in 2009? The competition judges will be looking for originality and images that are creative, fresh and surprising. Details of the 2009 competition and information on how to enter will be sent to you in January. In the meantime, if you have any questions please email email@example.com