An image from “Ivory Worship,” by Reportage photographer Brent Stirton, for which he was awarded the first-place prize for photojournalism from the Society of Environmental Journalists. Read more about the award on the SEJ Web site.
The story, which was originally photographed on assignment for National Geographic, is an expansive look at illegal ivory and its use religious iconography in Asia. Reportage has also created a short film based on this work, which you can view in the latest issue of the Reportage journal.
See more still images from this series here.
NORTH CAMEROON - APRIL 6, 2012: The largest mass killing of elephants in recent history took place at Bouba Ndjida National Park in North Cameroon close to the Chad and Central African Republic Borders from January through March 2012 in Bouba Ndjida National Park, Cameroon. As of April 2012, eyewitnesses had spotted 340 carcasses, and the ivory poachers themselves told local villagers they have killed over 650 elephants in their hunt for ivory.