While the forest still stands

Tim LamanWildlife Photojournalist Story Award

What to eat, how to catch termites, make a pillow or build a nest... orang-utans aren’t born with this kind of knowledge, they learn it. This knowledge varies between groups of orang-utans in a similar way to how human cultures differ from one another. We have so much still to discover about this behaviour, but we may not have the chance. Orang-utans are now critically endangered due to habitat loss, poaching, the illegal pet trade and increased conflict with humans.

For Tim Laman, the challenge was to reveal glimpses of the lives and the culture of truly wild orang-utans while also reporting on the unfolding tragedy.

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.

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