No man’s land

Stefano Unterthiner's Image

Close by the Tangkoko Nature Reserve, a group of crested black macaques survey the smouldering remains of their home.

The exceptionally diverse and rich forest has been ravaged by fire – partly due to the 2015 drought that affected much of Indonesia. As the forest shrinks the macaques are becoming more vulnerable, forced out into villages where they are hunted or captured for live trade.

Behind the lens

Stefano Unterthiner

Stefano Unterthiner


Stefano became serious about photography at 17 and went on to obtain a PhD in zoology from the University of Aberdeen (Scotland). He is the author of nine photography books, a multi-award winner in Wildlife Photographer of the Year and a regular contributing photographer for National Geographic magazine. Stefano has run many long-term multimedia projects, the latest being A Family in the Arctic.

Image details

  • Nikon D4S
  • 16–35mm f4 lens at 24mm
  • 1/200 sec at f9
  • Tangkoko Nature Reserve, North Sulawesi, Indonesia
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