The Siena Awards Festival is set to return from 23 October and one of the festival highlights will be US photojournalist Steve Winter's solo exhibition 'Big Cats'. Running until 5 December, 'Big Cats' will showcase the powerful and moving wildlife photography taken to raise awareness of the plight of these critically endangered animals.
From the mountaintops of the Himalayas, through India's jungles and grasslands, to the Rockies of the American West and to South America's Amazonian rivers, Steve Winter's amazing 'Big Cats' photos reveal some of the world's most elusive wild cats in their natural habitat.
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Originally starting out as a photojournalist for Black Star Photo Agency, Steve has gone on to produce stories for GEO, Time, Newsweek, Fortune, Natural History, BusinessWeek and Scientific American, among other publications. He became a National Geographic photojournalist in 1991 and in 2013 National Geographic published his wildlife photography book Tigers Forever: Saving the World's Most Endangered Cat, co-sponsored by Panthera, the world's leader in Big Cat conservation.
Steve's ingenious use of photographic traps has allowed him to photograph snow leopards, tigers, pumas and jaguars in an extraordinary and intimate way. His goal is not so much to highlight the beauty of these animals, but to instead inform us about the threats they face in sharing their habitat with humans.
He says of his work, "I'm trying to find images that people have never seen before that give them a reason to worry not only about animals, but also about the ecosystems they live in."
The 'Big Cats' exhibition will be held in Siena's Natural History Museum. More details of the exhibition can be found on the Siena Awards website.