“Richard Parker” - Today’s International Tiger Day. This largest animal of the world’s big cats are on the brink of extinction; 97% of all wild tigers disappeared in the last century, with only around 3,000 left alive.

David Attenborough was quoted saying: “People are not going to care about animal conservation unless they think that animals are worthwhile.” This emotion can be achieved in different ways, but one of the most original was the iconic tiger in Life of Pi.

This image was named after the iconic tiger of the movie, Richard Parker. Though the tiger was partly CGI, a real tiger was used on set. By bringing a real animal you set a standard to bring emotion to the main character. The same goes for this image. It’s not computer generated; the shot was from 2 meters of the cat and from the ground up. Neither was the halo around his head. By photographing directly into the sunlight there’s a natural halo which brings emotion to this image.

If anything, this images shows why these big cats are worthwhile.