Pursued by fire

Tim Laman's Image

By the edge of the Mangkutup River, a mother and her youngster are forced to the smoky outskirts of the burning forest.

In 2015, forest fires devastated rainforests across Borneo. The fires raged for months, killing wildlife and humans alike and costing Indonesia’s economy billions. ‘Every single one of the thousands of fires could have been prevented,’ says Tim.

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
  • 24-105mm f4 lens
  • 1/750 sec at f4.5
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