Butchery of a black rhino wins Wildlife Photographer award

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Brent Stirton / Getty Images Reportage for National Geographic Magazine/ Wildlife Photographer of the Year By Sally Adee More than 1000 rhinos are killed every year for their horns. Cracking down on this has been difficult, with the illegal trade driven principally by the false belief that rhino horn can cure ailments from kidney stones to cancer. For the criminal syndicates that sell it, profits are greater than for gold or cocaine. Photographer Brent Stirton has spent more than five years tracking the ongoing atrocity,  and London’s Natural History Museum has now awarded his work the grand title at 2017’s Wildlife Photographer of the Year awards. The winning image, Memorial to a Species (above), captures a black rhino with its horn hacked off, in Hluhluwe-Imfolozi Game Park in South Africa. Stirton’s work not only shines a light “on a species being pushed to the brink of extinction, but also on the issues of human morality and compassion for the animals we share this planet with”, says Liz Bonnin, who presents the awards. In his series, Stirton also included the volunteers who rescue the offspring of poached rhinos. Brent Stirton /Getty Images Reportage for National Geographic Magazine Above, Dorota Ladosz cuddles Lulah, a month-old black rhino whose mother was killed in Kruger National Park. A pack of hyenas then chewed off the baby’s ears and severely injured her legs. She was taken to the Care for Wild Africa rhino orphanage to be rehabilitated, in the hope of returning her to the wild. The exhibition will open on 20 October, and runs until 28 May 2018. Below is a selection of some of the other great photographs from the awards. Peter Delaney/Wildlife Photographer of the Year His extensive mating rituals rebuffed, a chimpanzee called Totti is enjoying a rest beneath the canopy of a rainforest in Uganda’s Kibale National Park. Peter Delaney captured this individual after following his 250-strong troop for a day.   Eilo Elvinger/Wildlife Photographer of the Year Eilo Elvinger snapped this shot as a polar bear and her cub, pressed together, snacked on the leakage from the kitchen of her ship anchored near Svalbard in Arctic Norway.   Dorin Bofan/Wildlife Photographer of the Year Though the mountains in Hamnøy in the Lofoten Islands, Norway, rise a steep 200 metres, mountain birches manage to eke out an existence on the sheer rock. Dorin Bofan captured metamorphic rock peeking through the cover of golden birch leaves that had covered it over the course of autumn. A break in the clouds netted Bofan the winning image.   Laurent Ballesta/Wildlife Photographer of the Year Feast your eyes on the underside of a huge iceberg. Laurent Ballesta and his dive team, working out of the French Dumont d’Urville scientific base in east Antarctica, captured the underbelly of this vast beast glowing under the diffuse light of the ice ceiling.   Aaron ‘Bertie’ Gekoski//Wildlife Photographer of the Year The palm oil trade has turned these elephants into refugees. Its high prices often translate to deforestation. Here in the Malaysian state of Sabah, on the island of Borneo, most of the trees are gone. Any remaining elephants must fend for themselves, often running afoul of humans. Aaron Gekoski won the single image category for this picture of the struggle they face thanks to the palm oil industry.   Gerry Pearce/Wildlife Photographer of the Year This male Australian brush turkey has built an “oven” to incubate eggs. Such nest mounds, constructed from leaves, soil, and debris, can reach a height of 2 metres. When the structure is complete, the brush turkey invites several females to mate on it, and if any of them like the male’s oven, they will return later to deposit their eggs in it. (No guarantees of paternity included.) The decaying organic matter adds the necessary heat to hatch the brood. When Gerry Pearce spotted this individual insulating his oven near Garigal National Park, near Sydney, to make it warmer, he snapped this picture. Seven weeks later, several chicks hatched – and immediately left town. Justin Gilligan/Wildlife Photographer of the Year A Maori octopus – the largest in the southern hemisphere, with an arm span of up to 3 metres – attempts to take advantage of a swarm of giant spider crabs off the east coast of Tasmania. The crabs were aggregating for safety, ahead of moulting, which is a period where they are soft and vulnerable. Tony Wu/Wildlife Photographer of the Year Sperm whales live in groups of up to 12 individuals, but once in a while come together in mass “scratchathons” – congregations of hundreds of animals who rub against each other, shedding encrusted layers of skin in a gathering that has both a social and an exfoliating function. This took place off Sri Lanka’s northeast coast.   Justin Hofman/Wildlife Photographer of the Year Seahorses have the extraordinary ability to maintain a tail that is rigid and flexible at the same time. This one has grabbed a cottonbud as an anchor in a tide of sewage near Sumbawa Island, Indonesia. The country is second only to China as a contributor to marine plastic debris.   Brian Skerry/Wildlife Photographer of the Year Leatherback turtles have been coming ashore to lay their eggs for generations. After they hatch, they spend years at sea, travelling hundreds before returning to the same beach. It’s a dangerous business, but this female has made it, and is returning to the sea at Sandy Point National Wildlife Refuge on St Croix, in the US Virgin Islands.   Qing Lin/Wildlife Photographer of the Year Clown anemonefish are best known like this, nestling safely behind the stinging tentacles of anemones. But their larvae migrate hundreds of kilometres through the ocean. These fish, in the Lembeh Strait in North Sulawesi, Indonesia, are home to parasitic isopods that live in the fish’s mouth. More on these topics: