Photo Story Award 2020
Photo 3 - COTE D’IVOIRE: Members of the newly formed Ivorian Unit for Trans-National crime are seen with a recent confiscation of 3,600kgs of Pangolin scales. This seizure was linked to Vietnamese and Chinese traders with Ivorian partners for Asian medicine use.
Pangolins in Crisis by Brent Stirton (South Africa)
"Pangolins are the world’s most trafficked mammals, with over 1 million animals being trafficked into the Asian trade in the last ten years. As a result, Pangolins are now a Red List animal for CITES, with all 8 members of the species listed as critically endangered. This essay attempts to track the path of the trade, which is based on perceived, unproven medicinal value in their keratin scales in Asia, it includes the bushmeat trade in Africa as well as prestige eating of pangolins in Asia."
Photo 3 - Birds feeding feast.
Dinner is Served by Audun Rikardsen (Norway)
"This story focus on a challenge that have evolved in the last years during the dark polar night in northern Norway where whales and birds have more frequently been attracted to fishing boats in order to get served a “free meal”. Although this may benefit most of the whales and birds, this may also have fatal consequences for several whales and birds that get entangled in the fishing bear and dies. The project involve scientific research as well as photo documentation to increase the awareness around the problem to mitigate actions to reduce the problem. To be able to take many of these pictures, I had to build my own equipment for use in dark and harsh conditions, including flash and led-light systems and special designed camera housing for split pictures. The project took several years to conduct."
Photo 3 - The sad clown Timbul is a macaque that is being trained to pose standing in Surabaya. The mask inflicts him pain after wearing it for several hours. He tries to hold the mask with his hand to relieve the pressure
Masked Monkeys by Joan de la Malla (Spain)
"Topeng Monyet means, literally, in Indonesian language, monkey wearing mask. This practice consists of using captive macaques in street shows in some cities of Indonesia. It is not an ancestral practice, but rather a new activity in which some have found economic refuge making it a broad-spectrum problem difficult to handle. These captive macaques often live in awful conditions deprived of the social relationships that they need as primates. They often have to act for several hours under very hot weather and end up exhausted trying to take every possible minute to rest until the trainer forces them to do a new trick..."