American Tim Laman wins Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2016
Exhibition: 21 October 2016 – 10 September 2017 #WPY52
Wednesday 19 October: The winners of the Wildlife Photographer of the Year Competition are revealed today at aceremony at the Natural History Museum, London. American photographer Tim Laman won Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2016 for his image Entwined lives.
Tim's image frames a critically endangered Bornean orangutan above theIndonesian rainforest. Beating almost 50,000 entries from 95 countries, Tim’s image will be on show with 99 other shots selected by an international panel of judges at the fifty-second WildlifePhotographer of the Year exhibition. It opens at the Natural History Museum on 21 October 2016 before touring across the UK and internationally to locations such as Spain, Canada, the USA, Germany and Macau.
Entwined lives © Tim Laman
Tim spent three days rope-climbing the 30 metre tall tree to set several GoPro camerasthat he could trigger remotely. This captured the orangutan’s face from above within awide-angle perspective of the forest belowWild orangutans face a crisis of habitat loss due to agriculture and logging.
Combinedwith increased poaching for the illegal pet trade the species’ future seems bleak.
Protecting their remaining habitat is critical for orangutans to survive.
If we want topreserve a great ape that retains its vast culturally transmitted knowledge of how tosurvive in the rainforest and the full richness of wild orangutan behaviour, then we needto protect orangutans in the wild, now’, says Tim. Sir Michael Dixon, Director of the Natural History Museum, London, which runs thecompetition, comments: ‘Wildlife Photographer of the Year highlights some of the bigquestions for society and the
Environment: How can we protect biodiversity? Can we learn to live in harmony with nature? The winning images touch our hearts, and challenge us to think differently about the natural world.’
Sixteen-year-old Gideon Knight from the UK won the Young Wildlife Photographer of theYear title for his image The moon and the crow.
The moon and the crow © Gideon Knight
Shot near his London home it shows the twigs of a sycamore tree silhouetted against theblue dusk sky and the full moon. This ‘makes it feel almost supernatural, like somethingout of a fairy tale,’ says Gideon.‘If an image could create a poem, it would be like this.
It should certainly inspire a few lines,’ says Lewis Blackwell, Chair of the Wildlife Photographer of the Year jury. ‘The image epitomises what the judges are always looking for – a fresh observation on ournatural world, delivered with artistic flair.’ The two images were selected from 16 category winners, depicting nature at its finest,from displays of rarely seen animal behaviour to exotic landscapes. The competition is judged by a panel of industry-recognised professionals. Images from professional and amateur photographers are selected for their creativity, artistry and technical complexity.
The next Wildlife Photographer of the Year Competition, WPY53, is open for entries from24 October to 15 December 2016. Find out more at nhm.ac.uk/wpy