WPY 2013

Photograph Details

Runner-up 2013

Behaviour: Mammals

Andrew Walmsley, United Kingdom

Bad boys

The target of these Celebes crested macaques is not the flying cricket but a big male macaque just ahead of them. Andrew was documenting the macaques to raise awareness of these critically endangered primates - found only on Sulawesi and nearby islands - as his contribution to an Indonesian-based conservation project. He was on the beach, concentrating on photographing the male, who was gazing peacefully out to sea, when suddenly the peace was shattered by noise from behind. 'I turned round to see these young males charging. They were screaming, kicking up gravel and making as big a show as possible, their faces full of expression. I had just one chance to capture the energy and passion of the display, as in seconds it was all over. The dominant male stood his ground, took just three paces forward, and the group's bravado crumbled. All four members of the rebellion turned tail and ran.'

Technical specification

Nikon D700 + 300mm f2.8 lens; 1/2000 sec at f2.8; ISO 1000; MB-D10 battery grip.


Tangkoko National Park, North Sulawesi, Indonesia: latitude -1.48648, longitude 122.847 Tangkoko National Park, North Sulawesi, Indonesia: latitude -1.48648, longitude 122.847

Tangkoko National Park, North Sulawesi, Indonesia

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