A photography exhibition highlighting the plight of wild tigers will receive its world premiere at the Royal Albert Hall on Tuesday 18 September.
‘Eye on the Tiger’ will be the largest professional photographic exhibition of its subject ever commissioned and is presented by conservation charity Save Wild Tigers. Acclaimed photographers from around the world – including the USA, UK, Germany, Czech Republic, Sweden, Australia, Russia, Japan, Germany and India – have donated their time and photographic rights to make the exhibition happen.
Wild tiger numbers have fallen from 100,000 a century ago to just 3,800 today, meaning urgent action is now required to help secure the future of this majestic big cat.
Simon Clinton, founder of Save Wild Tigers, said: “‘Eye on the Tiger’ is designed to capture the imagination – and raise awareness. If no action is taken, wild tigers could be extinct in just 10 to 20 years.
“The beauty and grace of these rare creatures is something to behold in the frozen image, but we don’t want this to be the only lasting record that they ever existed on our precious planet.
“Time is running out to save this majestic species from extinction. Through this stunning exhibition, we want to inspire the public to join us and act to save one of the planet’s most beautiful and captivating species for future generations.”
Award-winning National Geographic photographer Steve Winter explained his motivation: “Wild tigers face a litany of threats, from poaching and the illegal wildlife trade to the pillage of their remaining habitat, conflict with people and disappearing prey. I hope these images inspire people to act. Together, we can ensure the long-term survival of one of the planet’s most iconic animals – the largest and most endangered of the world’s big cats.”
Jimmy Choo, a Save Wild Tigers ambassador, stressed the urgency of the message: “The tiger is being pushed closer to extinction due to man`s greed and carelessness. We need to reverse this tragic decline and I am proud to support Save Wild Tigers and to be part of such an inspirational photographic exhibition.”
‘Eye on the Tiger’ is open to Royal Albert Hall ticketholders from Tuesday 18 September to Sunday 14 October, and on the following open days: Saturday 22 and Sunday 23 September, and Friday 5, Sunday 7, Friday 12 and Saturday 13 October (all 10am-4pm). Admission is free.
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Photo credit: Steve Winter, Kaziranga National Park, Assam, India
This young male tiger was photographed by a camera trap as he emerged from tall elephant grass in Kaziranga National Park, India. This image was part of a story on the park that earned the Global Vision Award in the 68th ‘Pictures of the Year International’ competition.