SINGAPORE: 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.
"When mother knows best" (Photo: Tim Laman/Wildlife Photographer of the Year)
Photographer of the Year)
In the photo below, a one-month-old orangutan orphan, carried by a veterinarian from International Animal Rescue, is being transported to a wildlife rehabilitation center.
The baby was reportedly rescued by the NGO after it was found being kept as a pet in a home in a West Kalimantan village.
"Motherless" (Photo: Tim Laman/Wildlife
"Protecting their remaining habitat is critical for orangutans to survive," Laman was quoted as saying in reports. "If we want to preserve a great ape that retains its vast culturally transmitted knowledge of how to survive in the rainforest, and the full richness of wild orangutan behaviour, then we need to protect orangutans in the wild, now."
"End of the line?" (Photo: Tim Laman/Wildlife Photographer of the Year)
"Every single one of the thousands of fires that tore through Sumatra and Borneo last year was started by people – mostly deliberately," Laman said, adding that "every single one could have been prevented through education, better fire control, better law enforcement and will".
Road to destruction" (Photo: Tim Laman/Wildlife Photographer of the Year)