Steve Winter – National Geographic photographer of world renown. He made unique pictures of the rarest animals on the planet.
«Jaguars chased me in Brazil, in Siberia I was attacked by the brown bear, and in India – rhino. I slept in a tent for six weeks at a temperature of -40 below zero, following the snow leopards. I’m trapped in quicksand in Myanmar, I flew over the erupting volcano and traveled to remote corners of the globe, where the locals had never seen the blonde. This life that I dreamed since childhood», – says Steve Winter.
The first camera Steve received as a gift from his father when Steve was only seven years old. Steve’s father taught the basics of photography. Later, Steve graduated from the Academy of Art University in San Francisco. His talent and desire to travel has not gone unnoticed. Steve’s work has been published in publications such as the Time, Newsweek, Fortune, Natural History, Audubon, BusinessWeek, Scientific American, Stern, GEO, and, of course, in the National Geographic.
We present some of the work of Steve Winter.
Kaziranga National Park, India. In the reeds the tiger skin turns into a cloak, providing the necessary conditions for a successful murder. Tigers in the park hunt deer, buffalo and wild pigs.
Kaziranga Park – one of the few places where the tigers are safe. Photo: Tiger hit the camera trap.
India. Workers at tea plantation, which borders the Kaziranga Park. Animals, going out beyond the park are at great danger. Tigers are often victims of poisoned baits. Elephants are trapped, getting into the drainage pit to the north of the Brahmaputra.
Bula Bora farmer preparing the ground for rice planting not far from the town Kokhora, the southern boundary of Kaziranga Park. Like many other villagers who live in these places, he had to face with a tiger. He had a chance to expel tiger that attacked his cousin.
Tourists rides on elephants in the Kaziranga Park. In the foreground – a herd of deer barasingha. Living deer barasingha in swampy savannas, and can often be seen standing in water or grazing on the green lawns. These deer hard to get wet hair and wide hooves slidding that speaks about their long-time adaptation to swampy places.
Kaziranga National Park, India. Indian rhinos at dawn.
On sunset poachers going to hunt. Therefore Kaziranga Park rangers are on duty in the night shift.
Myanmar. Sambar deer caught in camera trap.
Irrawaddy River in Myanmar – a symbol of the continuity of generations.
The boy pours water on the shore of the Irrawaddy River in Myanmar.
Myanmar. Burmese peasants.
Olive Ridley turtle (Lepidochelys olivacea) climbed ashore to lay their eggs.
Steve Winter spent ten months in remote areas in the north of India and Pakistan to capture the rare snow leopard. Success has brought one of the 14 cameras, placed along the tracks on which the animals move. A few months photographer living in field conditions at a temperature of -40°C, before he had a shot, which he expected – the snow leopard in the veil of snow. Successfully passed the extreme environment of the world, which is inhabited by these animals.
Ladakh, India. «After a ten-month winter with little snowfall in the mountainous «Hemis National Park», in the province of Ladakh, India. I had almost lost hope to make the desired frame. One frosty morning I checked my camera with remote control and found that the appearance of a snow leopard at night has triggered photographic equipment, and get exactly the angle that I dreamed of». – says Steve Winter.
Ladakh, India. Snow leopards are adapted to life in the mountains of Central Asia. They have a long waterproof fur, a dense undercoat and long nasal sinuses, which warm the incoming air. This allows the animal to tolerate temperatures up to -40°C. However, leopards can live in a hot climate like in the Gobi Desert, where the temperature rises to +40°C.
Belize. Jaguar peeks out of leaves.
Belize. Black Panther.
Belize. American crocodile emerges from the egg.
San Antonio, Belize, Mayan Dancers perform the dance of the deer.
Belize. The male Quetzal or Kvezal (Pharomachrus mocinno costaricensis) leaves the nest. Quetzal – the sacred bird of the ancient Maya and Aztec. Guatemala’s state symbols. Bird entered in the Red Data Book of the International Union for Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources.
Kamchatka, Russia. Brown bear.