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.

 

Currently based in Borneo, Bertie presents wildlife and conservation shows on www.scubazoo.tv. His articles and images have appeared in more than 40 publications worldwide. Read more about him here.

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.

WINNER

Wildlife Photojournalist category, single image.

Palm Oil Survivors

Wildlife Photographer of the Year

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