Spotlight Sumatra

11 March 2014

Exhibitions, Industry news

Giant images by a line-up of the world’s best wildlife photographers will be on show in a free exhibition at the More London Riverside stretch of London’s South Bank from Thursday 1 May to Saturday 31 May as part of a month-long programme highlighting the natural riches of Sumatra.

The free outdoor ‘Spotlight Sumatra’ exhibition is being staged by the Sumatran Orangutan Society (SOS) in association with The Forest Trust (TFT) using 24 panels – each measuring 2 metres wide – to show off pictures taken by top award-winning nature photographers including Susi Eszterhas (US), Paul Hilton (Hong Kong) and Craig Jones (UK)..

SOS’s Chair, Anthony Hurford, says: 'Sumatra is a truly special place - the only location in the world where  orangutans, tigers, elephants and rhinos all roam freely together, alongside a breathtaking array of other wildlife: spectacular birds, colourful insects, intriguing primates and exotic plants. The aim of our exhibition, and its linked events, is to shine a spotlight on the wildlife and landscape riches within Sumatra’s rainforests, the forces threatening them and the ways in which we can all help to cherish them and keep them safe.'

Running alongside the exhibition will be a series of hands-on activities for children and adults and talks showcasing the frontline conservation programmes bringing hope for the survival of Sumatra’s ‘big four’  species – all of them critically endangered.  

There will also be panels explaining a SOS project which has already planted more than a million trees to restore damaged orangutan habitat, and how new technology is being used in the fight against deforestation.

For more information and programme updates, please see orangutans-sos.org; find Sumatran Orangutan Society on Facebook or follow @OrangutansSOS  on Twitter

Image: Craig Jones. Orange Eyes. 

Photographers who have generously donated images for display in the free outdoor Spotlight Sumatra exhibition include:

            Hanna Adcock, who divides her time between the UK and South East Asia and whose work appears in many national and international publications as well as on tv.  

            Stephen Belcher – a vet from New Zealand whose wildlife stills have earned him numerous awards including in the Melvita Nature Images, Windland Smith Rice International and GDT European Wildlife Photographer competitions

            Talvinder Chohan, a freelance wildlife photographer as much at home in his native England as he is photographing wildlife across Africa and Asia. He is committed to species conservation and to raising awareness through his images and collaborates regularly with 21st Century Tiger.

            Suzi Eszterhas – a Senior Fellow of the International League of Conservation Photographers and a Patron of the Sumatran Orangutan Society who has won numerous awards in many prestigious competitions, including the Wildlife Photographer of the Year and Environmental Photographer of the Year.

            Paul Hilton is a Hong Kong-based photo-journalist with a global reputation for tackling wildlife abuses and threats. Among the issues he has exposed are bear bile farming in China (Ark Trust Award winner) and the scale of shark-finning (World Press Photo and Wildlife Photographer of the Year awards). He is now turning his attention to palm oil.

            Ulet Ifansasti is a freelance photographer, journalist and film-maker based in Indonesia.   Users of his images include Greenpeace, the World Society for the Protection of Animals and many of the world’s best known newspapers and magazines,

            Craig Jones is a UK based photographer whose work appears often in leading magazines and     exhibitions at home and abroad. He was a judge in the recent PC World/Currys photo competition and a finalist in the 2013 GDT/Wildlife Photographer of the Year competition.

            Bruce Levick is a visual artist whose skills include illustration, design, web, animation and film as well as photography. He is currently focusing full time on photography and videography and recently spent 18 months in Sumatra documenting the Sumatran elephants of Bona.