Saving Orangutans

Shortlist 2019

Alain Schroeder

Alain Schroeder is a Belgian photojournalist born in 1955. In 1989 he founded Reporters (http://www.reporters.be), a well-known photo agency in Belgium. He has illustrated over thirty books dedicated to China, Persia, the Renaissance, Ancient Rome, the Gardens of Europe, Thailand, Tuscany, Crete, Vietnam, Budapest, Venice, the Abbeys of Europe, Natural Sites of Europe. Belgian titles include, “Le Carnaval de Binche vu par 30 Photographes”, and “Processions de Foi, Les Marches de Entre-Sambre-et-Meuse”. Publications include National Geographic, Geo, Paris-Match,  He has won many international awards including a Japan Nikon Award 2017 for the Rohingya series, the TPOTY Travel Photographer of the Year Award 2017 with the series Living for Death and the series Kushti, and 1st prize at World Press Photo 2018 for the series Kid Jockeys in the category Sports Stories, and participated in numerous exhibitions worldwide.  He is represented in Belgium by Reporters and in France by the photo agency HEMIS. His website is https://alainschroeder.myportfolio.com and Instagram - @alainschroeder

The Problem
2019

Saving Orangutans

Indonesia's Sumatran orangutan is under severe threat from the incessant and ongoing depletion and fragmentation of the rainforest. As palm oil and rubber plantations, logging, road construction, mining, hunting and other development continue to proliferate, orangutans are being forced out of their natural rainforest habitat.  Organizations like the OIC (Orangutan Information Center) and their immediate response team HOCRU (Human Orangutan Conflict Response Unit), rescue orangutans in difficulty (lost, injured, captive) while the SOCP (Sumatran Orangutan Conservation Programme) cares for, rehabilitates and resocializes orangutans at their purpose-built medical facility, aiming to reintroduce them into the wild and to create new self-sustaining, genetically viable populations in protected forests. We share 97% of our genetic heritage with orangutans and today, with just over 14,000 specimens left, the Sumatran orangutan (Pongo Abelii) is listed as critically endangered by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN).