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"15 to 17 Years Old" Winner: "Chimpanzee Meditation"
Wildlife Photographer of the Year Competition, 2005
Natural History Museum, London, and BBC Wildlife Magazine


On the final day of a three-week family vacation in Tanzania, Africa, 16-year-old Matthew Burrard-Lucas of the U.K. followed a group of about 40 chimpanzees in the Mahale Mountains. Spotting the alpha male, Burrard-Lucas edged closer on his stomach while trying to ignore the angry safari ants that were crawling all over me.
The alpha male was sitting on a tree trunk, staring at the forest canopy, Burrard-Lucas said. In the photo it appears as if he's looking into space, contemplating and relaxing.

For now wildlife photography is a hobby, but it would be great if I could make a career out of it, he added.

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Photograph courtesy the Wildlife Photographer of the Year Competition, organized by the Natural History Museum and BBC Wildlife Magazine
—Photograph by Matthew Burrard-Lucas
 
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