What a picture
February 18, 2012 4:05 AM   Subscribe

Thank you. The winning photo is exquisite in its beauty and pain.
posted by taff at 4:20 AM on February 18, 2012 [1 favorite]

I misread that as "Word Press" which caused me considerable confusion when I visited the site. "Bloggers take photos this good?"
posted by eustacescrubb at 4:47 AM on February 18, 2012 [3 favorites]

I always love these photo collections. God bless photo journalists. I worry about them sometimes. Thanks for posting this.
posted by ThatCanadianGirl at 6:55 AM on February 18, 2012

19 July 2011
A male leopard prepares to pounce on a forest guard. The animal, out of the Mahananda Wildlife Sanctuary at Limbu village near Siliguri, India, was eventually subdued with tranquilizer darts, but died due to injuries sustained in the rescue operation. The leopard is one of 260 to die in 2011 in India as a result of human encroachment on jungle habitat.

Holy fuck, how callous can World Press Photo be to the dude WHO JUST GOT POUNCED BY A FUCKING LEOPARD. Apparently the picture is cropped, and the guards were untrained*, but I can't seem to find any sources that say if the dude is alright or not.

*Guards try to subdue a leopard on the loose near Mahananda Wildlife Sanctuary in India’s West Bengal. According to the forest department, more than 15,000 hectares of forest land have been encroached upon in West Bengal, forcing wild animals out of their natural habitat and into areas where humans aren’t properly trained to handle them. In this case, a leopard stepped out of the jungle and into conflict with local guards, who began hurling stones in the direction of the scared animal. Later, burning tires were thrown in the animal’s direction. When nothing happened, the guards concluded that the leopard, a member of an endangered species, had died. But then it let out a roar and jumped upon the guards, who tried to subjugate the animal with brutal kukri stabs. Eventually, the leopard was captured in a net; but by then, it had almost died because of mistreatment from the guards, who were not properly trained to perform a rescue and did not tranquilize the animal properly when they had the chance.
posted by Blasdelb at 6:55 AM on February 18, 2012

Yeah, I was curious about what happened to the worker also and was surprised when there was no follow up.
posted by Brandon Blatcher at 7:27 AM on February 18, 2012

that's some of the worst navigation with no added value to the website design that I have encountered since the last time I visited a photography site.
posted by jsavimbi at 8:15 AM on February 18, 2012 [8 favorites]

I'm starting to think Blogger was the high water mark for displaying photos.
posted by stinkycheese at 8:41 AM on February 18, 2012 [1 favorite]

Some of them are also available on The Big Picture.
posted by fight or flight at 10:06 AM on February 18, 2012 [1 favorite]

More selections from (Mefi's own) In Focus.
posted by madamjujujive at 10:54 AM on February 18, 2012

Authors don't publish their works of fiction in unreadable type, with inscrutable "Next Page>" buttons. WHY DO PHOTOGRAPHERS HATE THEIR FANS SO MUCH?
posted by IAmBroom at 9:05 AM on February 19, 2012

Especially since so many of these are so wonderful, and the context only increases their beauty...
posted by IAmBroom at 9:09 AM on February 19, 2012

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