Orphaned Orangutans

CompanyFreelance
PhotographerKemal Jufri
PrizeGold in Press / Nature/Environmental
Entry Description

Orphaned orangutans at the Borneo Orangutan Survival Foundation’s (BOSF) center in Nyaru Menteng, and a makeshift wildlife rescue center called Protect Our Borneo foundation, both in Central Kalimantan, Indonesia. Since 2012, BOSF has returned 158 Orangutans back into the wilds of Central Kalimantan. Orangutans were believed to be among the wildlife killed by massive fires in the Indonesian regions of Borneo and Sumatra late 2015 that destroyed more than 2.6 million hectares of forests, blanketed parts of Southeast Asia in toxic haze, sickened hundreds of thousands of people, and killed untold numbers of wildlife.

About Photographer

Award-winning Indonesian photographer Kemal Jufri's career started in 1996 when he joined Agence-France Presse (AFP). He left AFP two years later and worked as a photo contributor for Asiaweek until the magazine closed down in 2001. Since then he has worked as a freelance photographer across Asia for major publications, including Newsweek, TIME, The New York Times, STERN and Der Spiegel. His photographs of the Mount Merapi eruptions in Central Java at the end of 2010 won him a total of seven awards from five prestigious International Photojournalism competitions including the World Press Photo, Picture of The Year International, NPPA Best of Photojournalism, China International Press Photo Contest and Prix De La Photographie Paris (PX3).