The winners of the @natural_history_museum Wildlife Photographer of the Year Awards 2017 have been announced.
Aaron Gekoski took this haunting image of three generations of Bornean elephants walking through terraces cleared for palm-oil tree replantation. Palm-oil is one of Malaysia’s most lucrative global exports, but the related habitat destruction is putting a variety of species, including orangutans and elephants, at risk of extinction.
When escaping elephants come into contact with humans, they are often shot or poisoned, and today, the Bornean elephants – a subspecies of the Asian elephant – is estimated to number no more than 1,000-2,000 individuals. This image won the Wildlife Photojournalist: Single Image category..