Steve Winter

Country: United States 🇺🇸

American photographer Steve Winter has been attacked by rhinos in India, stalked by jaguars in Brazil, charged by a 11-foot grizzly in Siberia, and trapped in quicksand in the world’s largest tiger reserve in Myanmar. He has slept in a tent for six months at -40 below zero tracking snow leopard, flown over erupting volcanoes, and visited isolated villages where residents have never before seen a blond foreigner - or a camera.
Steve started taking photos as a child while growing up in rural Indiana. After graduating from the Academy of Art and the University of San Francisco, Winter signed on as a photojournalist for Black Star Photo Agency.
He became a National Geographic photojournalist in 1994. Since then, he has covered many subjects for the magazine, including Tigers in Myanmar’s Hukawng Valley, and life along Myanmar’s Irrawaddy River, TIGERS, Leopards, Snow Leopards, Jaguars (twice) including 2-hour long shows for Nat Geo WILD.

Winter has been named BBC Wildlife Photographer of the Year and BBC Wildlife Photojournalist of the Year. He was a two-time winner of Picture of the Year International’s Global Vision Award and twice won the first prize in the nature category from World Press Photo. He speaks globally on big cats and conservation for NAT GEO LIVE.

In November 2013, National Geographic published his photography book Tigers Forever: Saving the World’s Most Endangered Cat, with text written by Sharon Guynup and co-sponsored by Panthera, the world’s leader in Big Cat Conservation. Winter currently lives with his partner Sharon, son, and pets in New Jersey, USA.
“I am trying to find images that people haven’t seen before, which give them a reason to care not only about these animals but about the ecosystems in which they live – and then transfer it back to their own lives.”