Honorable Mention TOKYO-2019 Editorial / Photo Essay

Stolen Wildlife - Animal Stories Driven By Humans

  • Photographer
    Lucie Cizmarova
  • Technical Info
    Canon Eos 7d, 1/125s., Iso 100, F/6,3, Cr
  • Photo Date
    October 2018

These photos illustrate some of the animal stories, stories of our planet, stories driven by humans. The trade in tigers has been banned internationally since 1990. However tiger products such as tiger wine are valued in some countries.Thousands of vultures die of poisoning every year. Bears trapped in cages for their whole lives, often suffering from infections caused by needles. All this for using their bile as a medicine. Some cetacean species such as beluga whales are hunted for meat or fat, others die as unwanted bycatches in fishing nets.To make jewellery of corrals, they have to die.

I have been engaged in amateur photography for several years. Now I work at a rescue and rehabilitation centre for slow lorises in Sumatra led by The Kukang Rescue Program organization where I also take photos of everyday activities underway in the centre. Thanks to slow lorises, I have stood face to face to the reality of illegal wildlife trade which is why I decided to address these issues. The photographs were created for the purpose of the campaign titled Stolen Wildlife.