Grand Prize Winner
A Bornean orangutan climbs a strangler fig that has entwined itself around a tree in Gunung Palung National Park, Indonesia. It took Tim Laman three days of climbing up and down with rope and multiple GoPro placements to get this shot.
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When the great ape came back, Laman shot the picture—and now, he is the grand-prize winner of the Wildlife Photographer of the Year competition.
The contest, which is open to professional and amateur competitors worldwide, saw a record 50,000 entries from 95 countries in 2016.
“Wildlife Photographer of the Year highlights some of the big questions for society and the environment: How can we protect biodiversity? Can we learn to live in harmony with nature?” Michael Dixon, director of the Natural History Museum in London, which runs the competition, said in a statement.
“The winning images touch our hearts, and challenge us to think differently about the natural world,” Dixon added.
Laman hopes his photograph helps protect habitat for the Southeast Asian