Best Award Winning Wildlife Photography of the Year 2017
Confiscated, by Britta Jaschinski, Grand Prize Winner Big Picture wildlife images competition
These elephant feet footstools are among some 1.3m confiscated wildlife products housed in a repository near Denver, Colorado. Despite trade bans on products made from endangered species, goods continue to find their way into illegal markets. Until recently, it was unknown whether these items were coming from recent kills. To find out, researchers radiocarbon dated 231 seized ivory samples. All but one were from recent kills. Britta Jaschinski is also GDT European photographer of the year 2017.
Photograph: Britta Jaschinski/Big Picture Photography Competition 2017