Single Shot Award 2021 | Alain Schroeder – ENG

Single Shot Award Winner 2021Alain Schroeder

Saving Orangutans

Substitute mother Selvi is teaching Otan, a 3-year-old male orangutan confiscated from a home in West Java by JAN (Jakarta Animal Network), to climb trees in the forest school at the SOCP (Sumatran Orangutan Conservation Programme) Quarantine Centre. Working together on a daily basis, Selvi and Otan have developed a strong mother/child bond.

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, mining and hunting continue to proliferate, orangutans are being forced out of their natural habitat. The photographer documented the work of several local organizations in Sumatra which take care of, rehabilitate and resocialize orangutans.

Copyright foto: © Alain Schroeder

Alain Schroeder is a Belgian photojournalist born in 1955. Freelance sports photographer from 1979 till 1989. In 1989 he founded Reporters, 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 and the Abbeys of Europe. His photographs have been included in several books and published in magazines like National Geographic, Geo and Paris-Match.

In 2012, he sold his shares in Reporters and since then travels the world shooting personal projects focusing on social issues and human interest stories.

He has won many international awards including Nikon Japan, Nikon Belgium, TPOTY, Istanbul Photo, Days Japan, Trieste Photo, PX3, IPA, MIFA, BIFA, PDN, the Fence, Lens Culture, Siena, POYI and World Press Photo​​​ and participated in numerous exhibitions worldwide.

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