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Photo of black rhino with horns hacked off wins award

Brent Stirton won Wildlife Photographer of Year award for his image Memorial to a Species.

Brent Stirton won the award for his image Memorial to a Species.
Brent Stirton won the award for his image Memorial to a Species. Brent Stirton/Wildlife Photographer of the Year/PA

An image of a black rhino with its horns hacked off has seen a photojournalist named Wildlife Photographer of Year.

Brent Stirton won the award for his image Memorial to a Species, taken at a game reserve in South Africa.

He was revealed as the winner at a ceremony at the Natural History Museum in London, which runs the competition.

Judge Roz Kidman Cox said: "To make such a tragic scene almost majestic in its sculptural power deserves the highest award.

"There is rawness, but there is also great poignancy and therefore dignity in the fallen giant.

"It's also symbolic of one of the most wasteful, cruel and unnecessary environmental crimes, one that needs to provoke the greatest public outcry."

Black rhinos are a critically endangered species - the one captured by Mr Stirton had recently been shot and de-horned when he took its photo.

The Young Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2017 award was given to Daniel Nelson for his portrait of a lowland gorilla from the Republic of Congo lounging on the forest floor eating a breadfruit.

Daniel Nelson's image won him Young Wildlife Photographer of the Year.
Daniel Nelson's image won him Young Wildlife Photographer of the Year. Daniel Nelson/Wildlife Photographer of the Year/PA

Mr Stirton beat almost 50,000 entries from 92 countries to win the top prize.

His image will go on show alongside 99 other photographs at the Wildlife Photographer of the Year exhibition, which opens on Friday October 20 at the museum.

  • A selection of some of the other winners
The ice monster by Laurent Ballesta, winner of the Earth's Environments.
The ice monster by Laurent Ballesta, winner of the Earth's Environments. Laurent Ballesta/Wildlife Photographer of the Year/PA
Giant gathering by Tony Wu, winner of the Behaviour: Mammals.
Giant gathering by Tony Wu, winner of the Behaviour: Mammals. Tony Wu/Wildlife Photographer of the Year/PA
Crab surprise by Justin Gilligan, winner of the Behaviour: Invertebrates.
Crab surprise by Justin Gilligan, winner of the Behaviour: Invertebrates. Justin Gilligan/Wildlife Photographer of the Year/PA
Palm-oil survivors by Aaron Gekoski, winner of the Wildlife Photojournalist: Single image.
Palm-oil survivors by Aaron Gekoski, winner of the Wildlife Photojournalist: Single image. Aaron Gekoski/Wildlife Photographer of the Year/PA
The ancient ritual by Brian Skerry, winner of the Behaviour: Amphibians and Reptiles.
The ancient ritual by Brian Skerry, winner of the Behaviour: Amphibians and Reptiles. Brian Skerry/Wildlife Photographer of the Year/PA
The incubator bird by Gerry Pearce, winner of the Behaviour: Birds.
The incubator bird by Gerry Pearce, winner of the Behaviour: Birds. Gerry Pearce/Wildlife Photographer of the Year/PA

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