TOP TEN PHOTOS: Most Viewed of 2008

TOP TEN PHOTOS: Most Viewed of 2008
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4. "Snowstorm Leopard" Is Big Winner

Stalking India's Hemis National Park, an extremely rare snow leopard lives up to its name in U.S. photographer Steve Winter's award-winning National Geographic magazine image.

On October 30, 2008, "Snowstorm Leopard" was named best overall photo in the 2008 Wildlife Photographer of the Year competition, organized by the Natural History Museum of London and BBC Wildlife Magazine.

"This is the hardest story I have ever done because of the altitude and the steepness of the mountains," the U.S. photographer told National Geographic. "At night it was 30 below zero [Fahrenheit]." (The National Geographic Society owns both National Geographic News and National Geographic magazine.)

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—Photograph by Steve Winter/NGS
 
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