Honorable Mention in California Academy of Science's "2014 Big Picture Competition"

July 29, 2014

Winning an Honorable Mention in the Land Mammal category was the image, "Female Orangutan With Baby," which I photographed in Borneo this past December while traveling with Dr. Birute Galdikas, the renowned primatologist.  Orangutans are rated as "Endangered" by the International Union for the Conservation of Nature's Red List with their greatest threat coming from palm oil plantations who are destroying their habitat for agricultural purposes.  Illegal logging and poaching females to sell their young in the pet-trade also adds to their challenges. This female carrying her baby was photographed in the Tanjung Puting National Park region of Borneo.  Orangutans will care for their young for up to six years, The print will be on exhibit in the "Big Picture Natural World Photo Competition" on exhibit at the California Academy of Sciences in San Francisco, California.  Forty-five works were selected for this inaugural exhibition from a submission of more than 6,300 images. Suzi Eszterhas was the jury chair for the competition, a Fellow of the International League of Conservation Photographers and winner of many wildlife photography competitions around the globe.  Other judges included Daniel Beltra, ILCP Fellow, Clay Bolt, Tui De Roy, David Liittschwager, Kathy Moran, Klaus Nigge, Thomas Peschak and Ian Shive.  The exhibit will run from August 1 through November 2, 2014.  The exhibition is located at 55 Music Concourse Drive, San Francisco, CA  94118.  .  More information is available at http://bigpicturecompetition.org/ and at the Academy's Web site at http://www.calacademy.org/academy/exhibits/BigPicture2014/


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