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  • March 11, 2014

Steve Winter on Saving the World’s Predators

“The one thing I’ve learned about big cats is that it’s like an umbrella. You protect the top predator, you protect everything underneath it.” —Steve Winter

Picture of endangered snow leopard
A remote camera captures an endangered snow leopard.

Steve Winter first became interested in wildlife photojournalism when he stumbled across a sea turtle laying eggs on the beach in Costa Rica. Although he had been a photographer for most of his adult life, it wasn’t until age 34 that he took his first wildlife photo. His passion for natural history stories was further ignited when he heard scientists speak about issues such as poaching, illegal logging, and mining. “We have a whole story to tell here,” said Winter. “We need to find a way to do it.”

Winter began shooting for National Geographic more than 20 years ago and has been honored with the Global Vision Award from Pictures of the Year International two years in a row. Winter was also awarded first place in the World Press 2014 Nature category for his work on cougars. He is best known for his stories on tigers and other big cats. Winter is the Director of Media at Panthera, an organization that fights to save wild cats and their habitats around the world. —Michelle Tessier, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

View more of Steve Winter’s work on his website.

This video portrait was produced by National Geographic magazine in partnership with the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill. It is part of an ongoing series of conversations with the photographers of the magazine, exploring the power of photography and why this life of imagemaking suits them so well. Learn more about the making of the series and watch the full trailer here.

Video Production Credits
Photographer: Steve Winter
Producers: Pamela Chen, NGM
Chad A. Stevens, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Associate Producer: Elyse Lipman, NGM
Editor: Michelle Tessier, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Camera and Sound: Spencer Millsap, NGM, Shannon Sanders, NGM

There are 14 Comments. Add Yours.

  1. kunal chaudhari
    July 24, 2014

    Like your quote steve
    You protect the top perdator , you protect everything underneath it.

  2. ALICE CONCANNON DUPRE
    March 26, 2014

    I LVE CATS, ALL KINDS OF CATS, I HAVE SINCE I WAS A LITTLE GIRL. THANK YOU FOR YOUR LIFE SAVING WORK AND DEDICATION FOR ALL THE CATS

  3. Norah Davidson-Wright
    March 24, 2014

    Beautiful shot of a beautiful animal. No firearms required , it’s not food for survival .

  4. belal khan
    March 24, 2014

    relay very very nice

  5. Mohamed Taleb Agha
    March 24, 2014

    it is a special beauty..

  6. R.SUBRAMANI
    March 24, 2014

    very nice

  7. Suresh Kumar Mishra
    March 24, 2014

    Magnificent shoot of an endangered big cat.

  8. Carmen DeCecco
    March 23, 2014

    I never get enough of big cat photography. Thank you, Mr. Winter.

  9. mayela diaz
    March 23, 2014

    l realliy like your pictures l´d some people in my country doing something like you are doing

  10. Carolyn MacDonald
    March 23, 2014

    I love the big cats (actually all cats) keep up the good work.

  11. kim stutzman
    March 23, 2014

    steve winters ROCKS! i love the big cats,and your message is right on!

  12. laurie
    March 23, 2014

    Thank you NG for exposing all the crimes against nature over the decades

  13. Chukwu Mary Progress
    March 12, 2014

    It’s quite educative

  14. Bun, Sah
    March 11, 2014

    I got nothing to say, but like this channel the most!

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