Entry Title: "Displaced by Palm Oil: Indonesias last Orangutans"
Sandra Hoyn
, Germany
Category: Professional, Press

Entry Description:

Globally, the demand for palm oil is on the increase. Indonesia
is market leader in global palm oil production. Palm oil is used
for food, cosmetics and as biofuel. The rain forests are
destroyed to grow more oil palms. Palm oil plantations are
replacing four-fifths of the rain forest in Indonesia. Orangutans
are one of many victims of massive deforestation.

Orangutans, an entirely Asian species in the family of great
apes, roam Indonesian rain forests on the islands of Sumatra
and Borneo. During the past decade, orangutan populations in
the wild have decreased by approximately 50%. Human
activities, especially the unchecked burning of rain forests to
clear land for palm oil plantations, have resulted in a critical loss
of habitat, driving orangutans to the brink of extinction in

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About the Artist:

Sandra Hoyn studied photography at the University of Applied Sciences Hamburg, Germany, graduating in 2005. She started working as a freelance photojournalist for magazines, NGOs and on her personal projects, concentrating on social, environmental and human rights issues. She worked in various countries in Asia, Africa and Europe. In 2015, she received World Press 3rd prize, category nature singles. In 2014, she was selected by LensCulture as one of the Top 50 Emerging Talents. In 2013, she received the Henri Nannen Award.