WPY 2019

Photograph Details

Highly Commended 2019

Wildlife Photojournalism

Joan de la Malla, Spain

Going Cheap

The terrified baby long-tailed macaque lets out a chilling scream. Frantically kicking its legs, it tries to writhe free from the seller’s hand. In the background are more young monkeys cooped up in cramped, dirty cages. This is a common market scene in Surabaya on the Indonesian island of Java.

Each year scores of young long-tailed macaques are taken from the wild and sold in Indonesian markets as household pets or for use in street shows. Lax quota regulations in the hunting and selling of long-tailed macaques mean traders and hunters have little fear of prosecution. Animal charities are working to enforce the existing legislation to put an end to this practice.

Technical specification

Nikon D810 + 24–70mm f2.8 lens at 24mm; 1/160 sec at f2.8; ISO 72


Surabaya, East Java, Indonesia: latitude -7.275517, longitude 112.75113 Surabaya, East Java, Indonesia: latitude -7.275517, longitude 112.75113

Surabaya, East Java, Indonesia

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Joan de la Malla

Joan de la Malla, Spain

Joan is a freelance photographer focusing on nature, local communities and the environment. He is also a biologist specialising in organisms and systems. He currently devotes his time to conservation by working with national and international entities to raise awareness of the vital work to safeguard the future of endangered species and their habitats.

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