The Good Life Daniël Nel­son, the Nether­lands

grand ti­tle win­ner, Young Wildlife Pho­tog­ra­pher of the Year (also win­ner of the age 15-17 cat­e­gory)

Amateur Photographer - - Wildlife Photographer Of The Year -

Daniël met Caco in the for­est of Odzala Na­tional Park in the Repub­lic of Congo. A three-hour trek with skilled track­ers led him to the 16-strong Nep­tuno fam­ily, and to a close en­counter with one of the few ha­bit­u­ated groups of western low­land go­ril­las. Caco, here feast­ing on an African bread­fruit, is pre­par­ing to leave his fam­ily. He’ll soon be­come a soli­tary sil­ver­back, and be start­ing his own fam­ily in a few years. Western low­land go­ril­las are crit­i­cally en­dan­gered, threat­ened by il­le­gal hunt­ing for bush­meat, dis­ease, habi­tat loss (to mines and oil-palm plan­ta­tions) and cli­mate change. In this com­pelling por­trait, Daniël cap­tured the sim­i­lar­ity be­tween wild apes and hu­mans, as well as the im­por­tance of the for­est on which they de­pend. Canon EOS 6D, 50-500mm f/4.5-6.3, 1/30sec at f/6.3, ISO 800

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