WPY 2017

Photograph Details

Finalist 2017

The Wildlife Photojournalist Award: Story

Stefano Unterthiner, Italy

Saving yaki

Stefano’s story with the yaki (the local name for crested black macaques) began more than 10 years ago, when he first travelled to Sulawesi, Indonesia, to spend time with the primates. Since then, hunted for bushmeat, captured as pets and homeless due to deforestation, the yaki’s numbers have declined drastically and they are now critically endangered.

Determined to explore their plight, Stefano returned to Sulawesi and created this moving photostory, examining the relationship between macaques and humans. The investigation was complex, challenging and sometimes ‘incredibly tough’, but he knew he had to ‘put the feelings aside and do the job’, for this was a story that had to be told.

Technical specification

Image 1: Nikon D4S; 300mm f4 lens; 1/320 sec at f4; ISO 2000.
Image 2: Nikon D4S; 16–35mm f4 lens; 1/1000 sec at f8; ISO 1250.
Image 3: Nikon D4S; 16–35mm f4 lens at 24mm; 1/200 sec at f9; ISO 1000.
Image 4: Nikon D4S; 300mm f4 lens; 1/320 sec at f4; ISO 2000.
Image 5: Nikon D4S; 16–35mm f4 lens; 1/160 sec at f8; ISO 1600.
Image 6: Nikon D4S; 16–35mm f4 lens; 1/160 sec at f6.3; ISO 1600.


Kumeresot village, North Sulawesi, Indonesia: latitude 1.464381, longitude 125.05446 Kumeresot village, North Sulawesi, Indonesia: latitude 1.464381, longitude 125.05446

Kumeresot village, North Sulawesi, Indonesia

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Stefano Unterthiner, Italy

Stefano works with his wife Stéphanie, with whom he founded the publishing house Ylaios and created The Little Wild Gallery, his personal photography gallery in the Forte di Bard (Italy). He was recently chosen by the Valle d'Aosta region to endorse their ecotourism project VIVA. Since 2009, he has regularly collaborated with National Geographic magazine.

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  • Cat attack
  • Crane perfection
  • Illusion
  • Spirit of the mountains
  • A vision of self
  • Last glance
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  • A taste of humanity
  • Where yakis end up