Ancestry. Dominance. Endangered.
Runner up: Ecology and Environmental Science
This photo shows the strength and power of gorillas, one of our closest living relatives, yet also shows their vulnerability due to the pressures put on their world by humans. Taken in Rwanda, I observed the gorillas walking to the eucalyptus trees outside of the Volcanoes National Park and watched them strip the bark with their teeth. Within a few minutes, the silverback of the group sat down to eat bark and faced out towards the farmland — almost as if he was contemplating the human society that lives next to the gorillas‘ habitat.
Shot with Canon EOS 5D. Post processing included adjust light/dark (dodge&burn) and crop.
Martha M. Robbins, Germany