WPY 2017

Photograph Details

Winner 2017

Special Award: People's Choice

Jo-Anne McArthur, Canada

Pikin and Appolinaire

Pikin, a lowland gorilla, had been captured and was going to be sold for bushmeat but was rescued by Ape Action Africa. Jo-Anne took this photograph as the gorilla was being moved from her former enclosure within a safe forest sanctuary in Cameroon to a new and larger one, along with a group of gorilla companions. She was first sedated, but during the transfer to the new enclosure she awoke. Luckily, she was not only very drowsy, but she was also in the arms of her caretaker, Appolinaire Ndohoudou, and so she remained calm for the duration of the bumpy drive.

Technical specification

Nikon D300 + Nikon 17–35mm f2.8 lens at 25mm; 1/100 sec at f3.2;


Intellectual property rights to all WPY images are retained by the photographers. Reproduction without prior written consent constitutes an actionable infringement. For usage enquiries please contact us.

Sign up to receive emails from the Natural History Museum about events and exhibitions, including Wildlife Photographer of the Year.


Jo-Anne McArthur, Canada

  • The Wall of Shame