New York City-based photographer Kirsten Luce was the winner of this year’s wildlife photojournalism category. Her photos highlight the plight of animals kept in captivity for tourist entertainment.

In what began as an assignment for National Geographic, Kirsten traveled from the Amazon to Thailand and eventually Russia, documenting the animals that are captured and exploited for the tourism industry. Kirsten’s work focussed on sloths and caimans in the Amazon, elephants, and tigers in Thailand, and bear and whale shows throughout Russia.

Wildlife Photographer of the Year: separating entertainment from exploitation

New York City-based photographer Kirsten Luce was the winner of this year’s wildlife photojournalism category. Her photos highlight the plight of animals kept in captivity for tourist entertainment. In what began as an assignment for National Geographic, Kirsten travelled from the Amazon to Thailand and eventually Russia, documenting the animals that are captured and exploited for the tourism industry.

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