Indonesia’s Last Orangutans
Nature, third prize singles
April 16, 2014
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.
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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 2005. She started working for magazines, NGOs and on her personal photo projects, concentrating on social, environmental and human rights issues. She worked in various countries in Asia, Africa and Europe. Her work has been published in Die Zeit, Chrismon, Der Spiegel, NEON, GEO, GEOlino, and The New York Times Lens blog, among others. Since 2007, she has been represented by Laif, agency for photos and reports.
In 2014, she was selected by LensCulture as one of the Top 50 Emerging Talents. In 2013, she received the Henri Nannen Award. In 2012, she got second place at IPA - International Photography Awards in the category of Professional editorial sports. That year she was also awarded three silver medals by the Prix de la Photographie, Paris (Px3) for her features. In 2011 and 2007, she received scholarships from VG Bild-Kunst. In 2009, she received the Media Award by Kindernothilfe. In 2004, she received the Kodak Young Talent Award.