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Paul Hilton's Image

In the rainforest, this macaque would have lived in a large group.

Paul found it sitting alone, chained to a cage, at an Indonesian animal market. He was only allowed to photograph it when the trader believed he was interested in making a purchase. The young macaque was perhaps later sold as a pet, to a zoo, for biomedical research or to be eaten.

Behind the lens

Paul Hilton

Paul Hilton


Paul is a photojournalist and wildlife trade consultant who focuses on global environmental and conservation issues. He endeavours to bring about urgent change in how we treat our surroundings. Widely published in leading international media, he is a Fellow of the International League of Conservation Photographers and has received many awards for his conservation photography.

Image details

  • Canon EOS-1Ds Mark II
  • 16–35mm lens at 16mm
  • 1/10 sec at f3.2  •   ISO 1600
  • China and Indonesia
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