Brent Stirton Awarded Wildlife Photographer of the Year

October 17, 2017 • Company News

Getty Images photojournalist awarded for his ground-breaking work documenting the cruelty and tragedy of the trade in rhino horn


London, 17 October, 2017 – The Honorary Jury of one of the world’s most prestigious photography competitions, the Wildlife Photographer of the Year hosted by the Museum of Natural History, last night announced Getty Images Special Correspondent Photographer Brent Stirton as the recipient of the prestigious Wildlife Photographer of the Year.


Selected from almost 50,000 entries, Stirton was awarded for his  ground-breaking work documenting ‘Rhino Horn’s Unending Wars’ – a project that investigates the crisis caused by a thriving market for rhino horn and for which he was also awarded first place in the ‘Wildlife Photojournalist Award: Photo Story’ category.


“Getty Images is thrilled to announce that our wonderful photojournalist Brent Stirton has been named Wildlife Photographer of the Year at the prestigious competition hosted by the Natural History Museum,” said Dawn Airey, CEO, Getty Images. “Our mission is to move the world with Images. Our passion is the power of imagery to change behaviour and drive change. Nowhere is this more evident than through Brent’s work, which has profoundly raised awareness and educated the world on important issues of animal welfare and conservation.”


Stirton is an award-winning South African-born photojournalist, now based in LA, who has an extensive history in the documentary world. His work has been published by National Geographic, TIME and The New York Times Magazine, and he also is a long-time photographer for the World Wildlife Fund, with his work featuring in campaigns on sustainability and the environment.


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Brent Stirton

Special Correspondent for Getty Images

Brent Stirton is a South African Photographer with an extensive history in the documentary world. Brent’s work has been published by: National Geographic Magazine, GEO, Le Figaro, Le Monde, Vanity Fair, Newsweek, Time, The New York Times Magazine, The UK Sunday Times Magazine and many other respected international titles.


He has worked for WWF, CNN, the Ford, Clinton and Gates Foundations, the Nike Foundation and the World Economic Forum. Brent also shoots regular reports for Human Rights Watch. He has done numerous commercial assignments including annual reports for Novartis.


Brent was elected a member of the Young Global Leaders, an affiliate program of the World Economic Forum, in 2008. He is also a Canon Ambassador, one of 12 photographers representing Canon photography.


Brent has received 9 awards from World Press Photo and 10 awards from The Pictures of the Year International contest. Brent has received multiple Lucie Awards including International photographer of the Year. He has received multiple awards from the Overseas Press Club, The Webbys, The Association of International Broadcasters, the HIPA Awards, the Frontline Club, the Deadline Club, Days Japan, China International Photo Awards, the Lead Awards Germany, Graphis, Communication Arts, American Photography, American Photo and the American Society of Publication Designers as well as the London Association of Photographers.


Brent has been recognized by the United Nations for his work on the Environment and in the field of HIV/AIDS. He has won the Visa D’or at the Visa Pour L’ image Festival in France for Magazine photography. He also won the National Magazine Award for his work in the Democratic Republic of Congo for National Geographic Magazine. In 2016 Brent won the National Geographic Magazine Photographer’s Photographer Award.  Brent guided a documentary on Virunga National Park in Conflict for National Geographic Television as well as appearing in the show. The documentary won the Emmy for Best Documentary Feature as well as a Bafta Award for Best Documentary. Brent received a Peabody Award for his work with Human Rights Watch for most significant work in an electronic medium. He was named Wildlife Photojournalist of the Year three years in a row by the Natural History Museum of the UK.


Brent’s work has appeared in numerous print shows around the world and his images are in a number of museum collections. Brent currently spends most of his time working on long-term investigative projects for National Geographic Magazine. He remains committed to issues relating to wildlife and conservation, global health, diminishing cultures, sustainability and the environment.

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