POY RJI | Donald W. Reynolds Journalism Institute

Category: Science & Natural History — Singles

First Place

Alain Schroeder / Freelance
“Saving Orangutans”

Second Place

Maciej Dakowicz / Freelance
“Pollution of Yangon River in Yangon, Myanmar”

Third Place

Carl de Souza / Agence France-Presse
“Amazon Burning”

Award of Excellence

Nacho Doce / Reuters
“Brazil Environment/Mangrove Forest”

Award of Excellence

Lotta Härdelin / Dagens Nyheter
“Civil disobedience for the sake of the climate”

Award of Excellence

Sirachai Arunrugstichai / Freelance
“Marium the Mermaid”

Award of Excellence

Aitor Garmendia / Freelance
“Spanish pig industry”

Award of Excellence

Kate Brooks / Freelance
“People of the Forest”

Award of Excellence: Kate Brooks / Freelance

Award of Excellence

“People of the Forest”

Orangutan translates to "person of the forest". They share about 97% of their DNA with humans and babies stay with their mothers for the first 7-11 years of life. Sumatran orangutans live among the trees of the Leuser Ecosystem's tropical rainforest and are critically endangered due to deforestation for the palm oil industry.