AARON 'BERTIE' GEKOSKI
Aaron ‘Bertie’ Gekoski is an environmental photojournalist, presenter and film-maker. His photograph, ‘Palm Oil Survivors’ is winner of the 2017 Wildlife Photographer of the Year, Wildlife Photojournalist category.
Three generations of Bornean elephant pass through a palm oil plantation, in Sabah, Malaysian Borneo. Palm oil is now one of Malaysia’s most lucrative exports. However, these profits don’t come without costs.
Human-elephant conflict is on the rise. Pushed into smaller pockets of jungle, elephants are increasingly found in plantations. Their huge appetites destroy crops, leading to tragic consequences, including shootings and mass poisonings. Today, there are only around 2,000 of the world’s smallest sub species of elephant left.
Wildlife Photojournalist category, single image.
Palm Oil Survivors
Wildlife Photographer of the Year
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