Portrait of Nona

Stefano Unterthiner's Image

Although it is illegal to keep yaki as pets the law is rarely enforced.

For Stefano, this shot encapsulates the pet trade in one poignant image: the chain in the foreground, the incongruity of the slumped young macaque and the shadow of the tree above, hinting at the loss of forest and freedom.

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
  • 1/1000 sec at f8
  • Kumeresot village, North Sulawesi, Indonesia
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