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2nd Place, David Chancellor, UK
A white lion trophy in a taxidermist’s studio in Somerset East, South Africa. The 8000 lions bred in captivity for South Africa’s hunting trade now outnumber its wild lions by four to one and whilst breeders argue that it is better that hunters shoot a captive-bred lion than further endanger wild populations, conservationists dispute this. Wild populations of lions have declined by 80% in 20 years, so the rise of lion farms and canned hunting has not protected wild lions and may have fuelled it, putting a price on the head of every wild lion.