New Species Discovered In Lost World

If you missed Tim’s article in Australian Geographic you can now read it online.  In the Cape York Peninsula of Australia, the boulder fields are a spectacular sight.  Tim and biologist Conrad Hoskin traveled by helicopter to discover new species during their expedition.  You can read the article on Australian Geographic’s webpage – Cape Melville’s Lost World.

 

The boulder fields and rainforest of the Cape Melville Range, with Araucaria trees rising above the rest of the forest. Cape Melville Range, Cape Melville National Park, Cape York Peninsula

The boulder fields and rainforest of the Cape Melville Range, with Araucaria trees rising above the rest of the forest.

Birds of Paradise on BBC Planet Earth 2

Tim shot for the BBC’s Planet Earth 2: Jungles episode which premiered in the UK last night.  It included two species Tim is very familiar with, the Wilson’s Bird of Paradise and the Red Bird of Paradise.

Red Bird-of-Paradise Waigeo Island, West Papua Indonesia.

 

Not only did they capture the beautiful behavior they also discovered something new.  For the first time they recorded the Wilson’s Bird of Paradise from the top down which is the point of view of the female.  They were able to see the beautiful display the male preforms in the way it was intended.  To view behind-the-scenes footage of their discovery, visit the BBC Planet Earth II website.

Stay tuned for the premier of the Jungles episode in the US at the end of January.

Orangutans – Out on a Limb Published in Dec 2016 NatGeo Magazine

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It’s been several years in the works, and I’m happy to share that my latest National Geographic magazine story “Orangutans – Out on a Limb” has just appeared in the December 2016 issue.  Check out the Dec print magazine, or one of the digital editions online or on your iPad to see the extra videos.

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The article, by Mel White, features new discoveries about orangutans by researchers such as my wife Cheryl Knott and her team (learn more about their work at www.saveGPorangutans.com), and many other researchers.  Also, the realities of orangutan conservation are also dealt with.  I’m really proud to have this come out, and hope you will all take a look and get engaged in this important issue.

Tim to Speak at Wildscreen

On Friday October 14 Tim will speak at Wildscreen’s photography day.  He will give an innovative presentation about his long term project photographing wild Orangutans and the conservation issues surrounding them.  Here is Wildscreen’s webpage for the photography day where you can purchase tickets to Tim’s talk.  wildscreen.org/photography

 

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Get the Story Behind Tim’s World Press Photo Win

Recently at the World Press Photo awards in Amsterdam, Tim talked about the difficulties of photographing Orangutans in the wild and the conservation issues that face them.  See his interview below.

Tim’s story ‘Tough Times for Orangutans’ won 1st place in the nature stories category of the World Press Photo awards this year.

National Geographic Traveler

Tim’s pictures were featured in the April/May issue of National Geographic Traveler magazine.  The story was written by his wife and 2 kids about their summer adventures to Borneo as a family.
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Flashback Japan – feature in Japanese National Geographic

Happy 20th Anniversary to National Geographic Japan, the first international edition of National Geographic magazine!

In honor of their anniversary, National Geographic Japan created a special section called Flashback Japan in their December 2015 issue, and I am honored to be featured.  They selected one of my images from my story about Japanese Winter Wildlife, originally published in the January 2003 issue of National Geographic.  Here is the spread from Japanese National Geographic. I have provided an English translation of the Japanese text below.

Flashback Japan - Dec 2015 National Geographic Japanese edition spread featuring a photo from Tim Laman's Jan 2003 article about Winter Wildlife in Japan.

 

Here is the English translation of the text on the spread above, published in Dec 2015 National Geographic Japanese edition:

Deer and Sea Ice, Hokkaido, Japan

One morning, photographer Tim Laman was exploring the remote coast of Shiretoko Peninsula in Hokkaido. While he was making landscape photographs of the sea ice, several deer appeared, walking along the beach. “I became very excited at what they might add to the composition,” Tim said.

Laman, a world-class wildlife photographer, is also a field biologist with a doctorate from Harvard. He says, “I like to capture images showing animals in their landscape.” After a while, two of the deer, coming from opposite directions, met and gently touched noses, perhaps in greeting. “It was a brief moment, but I snapped the shutter and captured it.”

Japan is a second home to Laman, because he was born and grew up in Japan — in Tokyo, Sasebo, and Kobe, due to his father’s job. So the story, Japan’s Winter Wildlife in NGM 2003 January issue, was like a dream come true. “I wanted to show the broader world the beauty of nature in Japan. I chose the winter season for its clean beauty,” he said.

On his assignment, he worked in Nagano, Iwate, and Hokkaido, to capture monkeys in Jigokudani or swans in Lake Kussharo, and many other subjects. Tim says some of his favorite photographs are those of Red-crowned Cranes in Kushiro Shitsugen wetland. “Sunrise on the river, and the roosting cranes backlit through the mist. Or a couple making a mating call as snow gently fell through the air. I had many unforgettable moments.”

Borneo Is Burning – Photos

Below are some pictures of the fires and its effects from 3 weeks ago.  Indonesia recently received some rain but the fires are still a threat.

Wildfire in farmland in Pulang Pisau District, Kalimantan Tengah Province, Indonesia. Island of Borneo

 

An adult female orangutan with a juvenile have come to the edge of the Mangkutup River because all the forest behind them has burned.

An adult female orangutan with a juvenile have come to the edge of the Mangkutup River because all the forest behind them has burned.

 

Photographer Tim Laman travels on the Mangkutup River wearing a mask to protect him from the smoke of the forest fires.

Photographer Tim Laman travels on the Mangkutup River wearing a mask to protect him from the smoke of the forest fires.

 

Orangutan research assistant fighting fire in the peat swamp forest.

Orangutan research assistant fighting fire in the peat swamp forest.

 

Villagers and some Indonesian soldiers attempt to combat wildfire in a farm field by batting it with banana leaves.

Villagers and some Indonesian soldiers attempt to combat wildfire in a farm field by batting it with banana leaves.

 

See the National Geographic New article:  Photos: Indonesia’s Rampant Fires Threaten Rare Orangutan.

 

Borneo Is Burning

Yesterday, National Geographic News posted Tim’s photo story on their website, Photos: Indonesia’s Rampant Fires Threaten Rare Orangutans.  A couple of weeks ago Tim was on assignment in Indonesia photographing the devastation.  He was on the front lines where people were desperately trying to put out the fires.  Not only is this a huge ecological disaster threatening orangutans and other wildlife but it is also effecting the air we breath.  Check out Tim’s Instagram (@TimLaman) to see other pictures of the wildfires.  To see more pictures of the endangered orangutans the fire is threatening, visit Tim Laman’s Wild Orangutan gallery.

Wild Planet Interview

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While in London, Tim was interviewed by Wild Planet about winning the portfolio award in the Wildlife Photographer of the Year competition.  The article features 14 questions and all 6 winning images.