“Those pictures caused a bit of a stir. We managed to raise over $50 million for gorilla conservation.

… We’d had successes in other conflicts in terms of influential images, but this is certainly the one that gained the most notoriety.”

Award-winning South African photojournalist Brent Stirton discusses his most memorable assignment — capturing the deaths of silverback gorillas in Virunga Park, Democratic Republic of Congo. Watch the video to learn how the power of photography can affect change in environmental issues.

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