Tim Laman’s snap of an orangutan scaling its way up towards a haul of figs won the 2016 Wildlife Photographer of the Year award, a project run by the UK’s Natural History Museum.
With around 50,000 entries into this year’s Wildlife Photographer of the Year competition, Tim Laman saw off some stiff competition from almost 100 countries to bag the top prize.
The top 100 images chosen in the 52nd running of the event will be shown at the Natural History Museum this month before going on a world tour.
Laman’s winning shot came after three days of climbing, manoeuvring and positioning his equipment to be used from the ground below. This captured an orangutan’s face from above within a wide-angle perspective of the forest below.
Wild orangutans face a crisis of habitat loss due to agriculture and logging. Combined with increased poaching for the illegal pet trade, the future of the species seems bleak.
“Protecting their remaining habitat is critical for orangutans to survive,” said Laman.
“If we want to preserve a great ape that retains its vast culturally transmitted knowledge of how to survive in the rainforest and the full richness of wild orangutan behaviour, then we need to protect orangutans in the wild, now.”
Wildlife Photographer of the Year is developed and produced by the Natural History Museum, London, with the 10 winning shots for this year listed below (click to view each in a larger format).
Read and see all 10 pictures here: siliconrepublic.com