WPY 2016

Photograph Details

Finalist 2016

The Wildlife Photojournalist Award: Single Image

Douglas Gimesy, Australia

Caring for Joey

On Kangaroo Island in Australia dedicated volunteers like Sandy, Des and Pauline take in vulnerable wildlife. They devote their time and effort to rehabilitating these young joeys. ‘I wanted to share the love, care and dedication people give to animals,’ says Douglas. It’s no easy task, young joeys need round-the-clock care.

Many of these joeys have been left orphaned after their mothers have been fatally injured by vehicles. A joey can survive for up to five days inside its dead mother’s pouch. If rescued and given a second chance, surviving joeys can be treated and returned to the wild by devoted carers.

Technical specification

Nikon D750; 24-70mm f2.8 lens at 24mm; 1/200 sec at f14: ISO 640; Nikon SB-910 flash and Nikon SB-700 flash; Manfrotto lights and two diffusion umbrellas.


Kangaroo Island,  Australia: latitude -35.776707, longitude 137.87039 Kangaroo Island,  Australia: latitude -35.776707, longitude 137.87039

Kangaroo Island, Australia

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Douglas Gimesy

Douglas Gimesy, Australia

Douglas initially trained as a zoologist before completing a master's in environment and a master's in bioethics. In addition to his photography work, he runs a communication consultancy aiming to help people influence more effectively, both with words and images. Douglas is a Governor of the World Wildlife Fund in Australia and occasionally teaches at the University of Melbourne.