Vegan Photojournalist Wins Wildlife Photographer of the Year
Jo-Anne McArthur, a Canadian animal rights activist and photojournalist, has won Wildlife Photographer of the Year People’s Choice Award.
“The winning image was captured by Canadian photographer Jo-Anne McArthur and shows Pikin, a lowland gorilla who was rescued from poachers by Ape Action Africa. She is pictured in the arms of her caretaker, Appolinaire Ndohoudou, during transportation from an enclosure, within a safe forest sanctuary in Cameroon, to a new larger one.”
WPY adds that the winning photo “depicts conservation in action and highlights our connection with our fellow apes.” McArthur, the creator of We Animals, a photography project “documenting animals in the human environment,” states:
“I’m so thankful that this image resonated with people and I hope it might inspire us all to care a little bit more about animals. No act of compassion towards them is ever too small. I regularly document the cruelties animals endure at our hands, but sometimes I bear witness to stories of rescue, hope and redemption.”
The image will be showcased at the WPY53 exhibition at the Natural History Museum in London until May 28.