Tim Laman's Image

Many orang-utans that sought refuge from the devastation of the forest fires in 2015 came faceto face with poachers.

Mothers were killed to get their babies and sell them as pets. Dr Ayu, a vet from International Animal Rescue, in West Kalimantan, Indonesia, retrieved this infant that was being kept illegally as a pet. Her mouth is covered to prevent passing on any disease to the vulnerable baby.

Behind the lens

Tim Laman

Tim Laman


Tim is a field biologist and wildlife photojournalist with a reputation for returning from the wild with shots of nearly impossible subjects. His pioneering research in the rainforest canopy led to a PhD from Harvard University and the first of many articles for National Geographic magazine. His work has garnered numerous awards, including many in Wildlife Photographer of the Year.

Image details

  • Canon EOS 5D Mark III
  • 16-35mm f2.8 lens at 16mm
  • 1/8000 sec at f4
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