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Extraordinary Rhino Images Unveiled In Bid To Save The Species

Press release • Extraordinary Rhino Images Unveiled In Bid To Save The Species

Eleven extraordinary and previously unpublished images of rhinos from Africa and Asia have been announced as the winners of a competition for a new charity book on the species.

‘Remembering Rhinos’ (a follow up to the hugely successful Remembering Elephants book of 2016) will be published on 30 October, 2017 and the winning pictures will feature alongside those already donated by many of the world’s top wildlife photographers including Art Wolfe, Steve Winter and Frans Lanting.

The books are being sold in association with The Born Free Foundation, with all proceeds going towards projects protecting rhinos. The founder of the books, wildlife photographer and conservationist Margot Raggett calls this a “pivotal moment in time” for wildlife conservation.

Rhinos are in trouble. They are currently being poached at a rate of three a day in South Africa alone. The poachers want their horns, which are worth more than the equivalent weight in gold and are sold on the black market in Asia, where they are mistakenly believed to have medicinal value. Poachers don’t care if they leave their victims alive or dead. Remembering Rhinos aims to raise money to fight poaching and also raise awareness of the plight facing the species, of which there are less than 30,000 left in the world.

There were over 1,000 entries into the photo contest from all over the world and they included images of white, black and greater one-horned rhinos. 100 finalists were eventually whittled down to 10 winners and 11 images, including a rarely seen desert black rhino in Namibia. The judges included TV presenter Chris Packham.

Books (including a reprint of the sold-out Remembering Elephants) are now available to pre-order by going to https://www.buyrememberingbooks.com. They are £45 each plus postage.

The 10 winners are below:

Remembering Rhinos
Rhino relocation: A rhino is moved from a top-secret location to a safer place away from poachers
Photographer: Pete Oxford
Species: white rhino
Location: South Africa

Remembering Rhinos
Rhinos wallow in mud to cool down
Photographer: Chris Grech
Species: white rhino
Location: Hlane Royal National Park, Swaziland

Remembering Rhinos
The sun setting on a rhino in Kenya
Photographer: Gurcharan Roopra
Species: white rhino
Location: Solio, Kenya

Remembering Rhinos
A curious rhino calf watching an egret
Photographer: Jonas Stenqvist
Species: greater one-horned rhino
Location: Kaziranga National Park, India

Remembering Rhinos
A mysterious double exposure demonstrates the fragility of rhinos
Photographer: Mike Muizebelt
Species: black rhino
Location: Okaukuejo, Etosha

Remembering Rhinos
A close-up of the eye of a rhino
Photographer: Nick Newman
Species: black rhino
Location: Limpopo, South Africa

Remembering Rhinos
Detail of a rhino’s skin, which is 1-2cm thick
Photographer: Rob Cottle
Species: Southern white rhino
Location: Timbavati, South Africa

Remembering Rhinos
A rare black rhino in the Maasai Mara in Kenya - there are less than 5000 black rhinos left
Photographer: Tom Way
Species: black rhino
Location: Maasai Mara, Kenya

Remembering Rhinos
A greater one-horned rhino in India where they hide in the undergrowth
Photographer: Vladimir Cech Jr
Species: greater one-horned rhino
Location: Kaziranga National Park, India

Remembering Rhinos
A greater one-horned rhino calf staying close to mum
Photographer: Vladimir Cech Jr
Species: greater one-horned rhino
Location: Kaziranga National Park, India

Remembering Rhinos
A rarely seen desert black rhino in Namibia
Photographer: Willem Dekker
Species: black rhino
Location: Namibia

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