14th Annual Smithsonian Magazine Photo Contest Natural World
Ebony and Ivory

In Africa every 15 minutes an elephant is being slaughtered by poachers to supply the demand for ivory; that’s 96 beautiful creatures a day. This year as of the middle of September 2016 there have been 36 elephants killed by poachers in the Kruger Park alone. The highest number since 1982.With this in mind I made this photograph; focussing on the only part the poachers see; the Elephants tusks combined with the very sad look of the elephant.

Photo Detail
Date Taken: 01.2016
Date Uploaded: 11.2016
Photo Location: South Africa
Camera: NIKON D800
Copyright: © Alice van Kempen