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Memorial to a Species captures a black rhino with its horn hacked off in Hluhluwe-Imfolozi Game Park. More than 1000 rhinos are killed every year for their horns. Cracking down on this has been difficult, with the illegal trade driven principally by the false belief that rhino horn can cure ailments from kidney stones to cancer. For the criminal syndicates that sell it, profits are greater than for gold or cocaine. Photographer Brent Stirton has spent more than five years tracking the ongoing atrocity, and London’s Natural History Museum has now awarded his work the grand title at 2017’s Wildlife Photographer of the Year awards. The winning image, Memorial to a Species (left), captures... Full story

18 October