"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.