Road to destruction

Tim Laman's Image

Fires tear through the forests of Borneo.

Vast areas are deliberately burned to clear space for agriculture and palm oil plantations. Palm oil is now a common ingredient worldwide, and though it may be a valuable income for developing countries it comes at a massive ecological cost. Fuelled by excessive demand, in recent decades huge swathes of vital rainforest have been replaced by this crop.

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

  • DJI Phantom 3 Pro drone and DJI FC300X camera
  • 1/640 sec at f2.8
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