Honorable Mention / 2018 / Portraiture / Personality

Protect and Defend

  • Photographer
    Yan Li

An armed ranger is on duty in the Mago National Park, Ethiopia. The
Mago National Park in Ethiopia was created to protect the population of
wildlife, like elephants, rhinos and giraffes, which has been sadly almost
destroyed by poaching. Being a park ranger is serious business. The men
and women who take on this work risk their lives to defend the land and
animals from poachers.

Originally being educated as an engineer, Yan Li received his Ph.D. degree in 2012. His solid knowledge of technologies, engineering and industry makes him understand what is transforming people’s lifestyles in the Information Age. He has the passion of traveling worldwide to admire the diversities on earth which are unfortunately facing challenges during the rapid urbanization and globalization. His photographic work focuses on capturing the fleeting moments of human experience, revealing personal stories of peoples, and documenting the fascinating yet vanishing cultures. He is the winner and finalist of various prestigious awards, including the International Photography Awards (IPA), the Prix de la Photographie Paris (Px3), the Travel Photographer of the Year (TPOTY) and the National Geographic Travel Photographer of the Year.