Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Image of Borneo orangutan wins prestigious wildlife award

American photographer Tim Laman was awarded the 2016 Wildlife Photographer of the Year by London's Natural History Museum for his stunning image of an orangutan making a 30-metre climb on a fig tree in the rainforests of Borneo, Indonesia.

The photo was part of his project on the endangered species in Borneo and Sumatra in Indonesia titled Entwined Lives.

For his winning photo, Laman used several GoPro cameras positioned around the tree and remotely triggered the devices when the opportunity presented itself.

According to the Guardian, he had to do three days of climbing to set up the cameras.

Laman's other images also captured the plight of the orangutans living in the region as their habitats disappear due to deforestation while the mammal itself faces extinction due to poaching.

In one of the photos, a one-month-old orangutan orphan, carried by a veterinarian from International Animal Rescue, is being transported to a wildlife rehabilitation center.