2018 Photo Contest, Nature, Stories, 2nd prize

Sacred No More

Photographer

Jasper Doest

20 January, 2016

A Japanese macaque protects its baby from the cold in the mountains in Yamanouchi, central Japan.

In recent years, the Japanese macaque, best known as the snow monkey, has become habituated to humans. As the range of the macaque habitat expands from mountain areas to subalpine and lowland regions, the animals have lost their fear, have taken to raiding crops, and are often seen as pests. Despite macaques being officially protected in Japan since 1947, some local laws allow them to be tamed and trained for the entertainment industry. Once considered sacred mediators between gods and humans, monkeys in Japan also came to be seen as representing dislikable humans, deserving of ridicule. Commercial entertainment involving monkeys has existed in Japan for over 1,000 years.

About

Jasper Doest

Jasper Doest is a Dutch WWF ambassador and a fellow of the International League of Conservation Photographers (iLCP). His work covers conservation and travel stories. Throu...

Technical information

Shutter Speed
1/160
Focal length
24.0 mm
F-Stop
11.0
ISO
1250

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