2015 Photo Contest, Nature, Singles, 3rd prize

Indonesia’s Last Orangutans

Photographer

Sandra Hoyn

16 April, 2014

Sumatra, Indonesia

Angelo, a 14-year-old male orangutan, lies waiting for medical examination, in the Sumatran Orangutan Conservation Program (SOCP) care center in North Sumatra. He was found with air-gun pellets embedded in his body, in a palm-oil plantation. Globally, the demand for palm oil (used in food, cosmetics, and as bio-fuel) is growing rapidly, and Indonesia is a market leader. The loss of their rainforest habitat, largely to make way for palm plantations, has brought orangutans almost to extinction in Indonesia. The SOCP has rescued some 280 orangutans from plantations, poachers and pet-owners, and returned more than 200 to the wild.

About

Sandra Hoyn

Sandra Hoyn was born in 1976 and lives as a freelance photojournalist in Hamburg, Germany. She studied photography at the University of Applied Sciences Hamburg, graduating in 20...

Background story

Angelo, a 14-year-old male orangutan, lies waiting for medical examination, in the Sumatran Orangutan Conservation Program (SOCP) care center in North Sumatra, Indonesia. He was found with air-gun pellets embedded in his body, in a palm-oil plantation.

Globally, the demand for palm oil (used in food, cosmetics, and as bio-fuel) is growing rapidly, and Indonesia is a market leader. The loss of their rainforest habitat, largely to make way for palm plantations, has brought orangutans almost to extinction in Indonesia. The SOCP has rescued some 280 orangutans from plantations, poachers and pet-owners, and returned more than 200 to the wild.

Technical information

Shutter Speed
1/60
Focal length
24.0 mm
F-Stop
2.8
ISO
4000
Camera
Nikon D3

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