Sunset snow leopard wins Wildlife Photographer of the Year People's Choice

Wildlife Photographer of the Year
World of the snow leopard [Technical details: Canon EOS 5DS + 24mm f2.8 lens; 1/200 sec, f/8, ISO400; Nikon SB28 flash; Camtraptions wireless triggers] (Image credit: © Sascha Fonseca, Wildlife Photographer of the Year)

A stunning image of a snow leopard at sunset has been awarded first place in this year's Wildlife Photographer of the Year People’s Choice Award. More than 60,400 votes were cast, making it the most voted-for award in the competition’s history – and winner Sascha Fonesca says she is “incredibly proud” to have been chosen. 

Taken against the Ladakh Mountains in northern India, this stunning shot was captured during a three-year bait-free camera trap project high up in the Himalayas. Colloquially known as the ‘ghost of the mountains’ this rare sighting of a snow leopard was selected out of a staggering 39,000 images. 

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Hannah Rooke
Staff Writer

Having studied Journalism and Public Relations at the University of the West of England Hannah developed a love for photography through a module on photojournalism. She specializes in Portrait, Fashion and lifestyle photography but has more recently branched out in the world of stylized product photography. For the last 3 years Hannah has worked at Wex Photo Video as a Senior Sales Assistant using her experience and knowledge of cameras to help people buy the equipment that is right for them. With 5 years experience working with studio lighting, Hannah has run many successful workshops teaching people how to use different lighting setups.