Environmental activist Alec Yates is known for hunting traditional hunting trophies using the most humane methods possible, most recently by grabbing the skulls from victims and placing them in acrylic jars. The 56-year-old from Bristol County, Massachusetts used the jars as the basis for his series of Instagram Stories in which he photographed animals across the U.S. that were captured by hunters. He said he had been searching for larger animals, such as bears, in the hopes of finding a way to slow down the world’s business-driven commercialization of our Earth. His aim, he said, was to evoke a “sense of deep compassion for the one animal that seemed to want to co-exist with us,” where large animals used to being shot were now enjoying a future free of that injustice.
The Los Angeles Times picked out one of his images, and the images are competing for People’s Choice Award in the Wildlife Photographer of the Year competition. The overall winner will be announced on September 4.
Click here to see a gallery of the high-resolution images, and for the previous winners.
[NYT, FACT IT, PHOTO via: Andrew Mark Anthony / Wolfhunting2017.com]