Reflection in black
After hours following a troop of around 75 Celebes black macaques, this male retreated into shade, providing Petr with this intimate portrait. ‘It was the expression in its eyes that fascinated me,’ recalls Petr, who underexposed the shot and darkened it in processing to accentuate the eyes, evoking the connection we have with other primates. The Celebes black macaque is hunted for food, as its meat is a local delicacy. The species is critically endangered and is endemic to only a small area of Indonesia, where its rainforest habitat is dwindling. This male had lost part of its arm after getting it caught in a bird trap.
Canon EOS 6D + 300mm f2.8 lens; 1/500 sec at f3.5 (-2.3 e/v); ISO 2500.
Tangkoko National Park, Sulawesi, Indonesia
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Petr Bambousek, Czech Republic
Petr fell in love with wildlife photography during a trip to Costa Rica, and has since travelled to Ecuador, Belize, and Panama. His goal is to create a photography collection covering rainforest biodiversity. Petr’s images have won prizes in international competitions, and are regularly published in magazines. He also organises photography workshops and trips.