2019 Photo Contest, Nature, 2nd Prize

Meet Bob


Jasper Doest

Veterinarian Odette Doest administers antibiotics to a flamingo found with a broken wing following a suspected dog attack, on the Caribbean island of Curaçao. The presence of Bob, a flamingo habituated to humans, helps calm the wild bird.

Bob, a rescued Caribbean flamingo, lives among humans on the Dutch island of Curaçao. Bob was badly injured when he flew into a hotel window, and was cared for by Odette Doest who runs Fundashon Dier en Onderwijs Cariben (FDOC), a wildlife rehabilitation center. During Bob’s rehabilitation, Odette discovered that he had been habituated to humans, and so would not survive if returned to the wild. Instead, he became an ‘ambassador’ for FDOC, which educates local people about the importance of protecting the island’s wildlife.

About the photographer

Jasper Doest

Jasper Doest is a Dutch photographer who creates visual stories that explore the relationship between humankind and nature.  As an ecology major Doest knows human life de...

Technical information

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31 mm
Canon EOS-1D X Mark II

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