WPY 2016

Photograph Details

Finalist 2016

The Wildlife Photojournalist Award: Single Image

Dan Kitwood, UK

Caring for Missy

Keeper Daouda Keita reached down to help Missy up onto his back. She is an orphan, one of 50 west African chimpanzees at the Chimpanzee Conservation Centre. Here Missy and two other infants are about to go on their daily outing into the bush to learn essential survival skills.

Guinea’s Chimpanzee Conservation Centre rehabilitates traumatised infant chimpanzees rescued from the illegal pet trade with the hope of releasing them into the wild. It’s a minimum 10-year process of care and compassion. Aged one on arrival, Missy has adapted well to her new environment with the help of the keepers who act as substitute mothers.

Technical specification

Canon EOS 5D Mark III; 24mm f1.4 lens; 1/160 sec at f2.2; ISO 1600.

Somoria, Guinea: latitude 10.584639, longitude -2.00287 Somoria, Guinea: latitude 10.584639, longitude -2.00287

Somoria, Guinea

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Dan Kitwood

Dan Kitwood, UK

Dan is a staff photographer working for Getty Images in London. His assignments have taken him around the world, covering a range of interesting and often eclectic feature-led and news-based assignments.