AARON GEKOSKI - Wildlife Photographer of the Year WINNER

Wildlife Photojournalist category, single image. /.  Palm-oil survivors.   / Aaron ‘Bertie’ Gekoski

In eastern Sabah, on the island of Borneo, three generations of Bornean elephants edge their way across the terraces of an oil palm plantation being cleared for replanting. Palm oil is a lucrative global export, and in the Malaysian state of Sabah, where the majority of rainforest has been already been logged (only 8 percent of protected intact forest remains), the palm-oil industry is still a major driver of deforestation, squeezing elephants into smaller and smaller pockets of forest. Increasingly they wander into oil palm plantations to feed, where they come into conflict with humans, with elephants being shot or poisoned. (In 2013, poison used in a plantation killed a herd of 14 elephants – the sole survivor, a calf, was found caressing its dead mother’s tusks.  Reports of elephant attacks on humans are also on the rise. Today, the fragmented population of Bornean elephants – regarded as a sub-species of the Asian elephant that may have been isolated on the island of Borneo for more than 300,000 years – is estimated to number no more than 1,000–2,000. Elephants form strong social bonds, and females often stay together for their entire lives. Here, the group probably comprises a matriarch, two of her daughters and her grand-calf. With the light fading fast, Bertie acted quickly to frame an image that symbolizes the impact that our insatiable demand for palm oil (used in half of the products on supermarket shelves) has on wildlife. ‘They huddled together, dwarfed by a desolate and desecrated landscape. A haunting image,’ he says.

Hazen Audel: My Lives with Tribes talk in Spokane

National Geographic TV host and survival expert Hazen Audel has travelled the planet and lived with indigenous native people all over the world. Most recognized as the TV host for ‘Primal Survivor’ and ‘Survive the Tribe’ on National Geographic, Hazen shows us the lives that traditional people lead while thriving off the land in some of the most remote and challenging places on earth, from Central and South America, to Australia, the remote South Pacific, South East Asia and beyond.

My Lives with Tribes is a unique opportunity to hear personal recollections of Hazen’s globetrotting travels whilst living with the most exotic communities alongside the wildest animals in the world. Hazen will share his many struggles, both getting to these places and coming out alive - but always feeling inspired for the next adventure.

This is a show for any adventure, wildlife and indigenous culture enthusiast who wants to enjoy the spell-binding stories of the natural world, from a man who has experienced life with the most remote and fascinating cultures across the natural planet - all illustrated with his own film footage and photography.

Get tickets here: http://foxtheaterspokane.org/events/community-events/survive-the-wild-with-hazen-audel/ 


Steve Backshall Deadly 60 Down Under 2018 Tour


However this time there is a big difference … this summer Steve will appear live on stage with some of Australia’s deadliest animals!

Join Steve as he shares the wildest Deadly footage from his times in Australia … being lowered from a helicopter to dangle into a crocodile’s nest, or hand catching the world’s most venomous octopus just off Sydney Harbour. Plus there will be loads of audience participation and lots of on stage fun!

Don’t miss Steve Backshall and some of Australias deadliest wildlife on stage this summer!

Tickets available at http://www.deadly60liveonstage.com

Steppes Travel Beyond Festival 2017

Taking place on 30th September and 1st October, Beyond is a festival of talks, taking place at the Royal Geographical Society (with IBG), featuring some of the most intrepid, adventurous and inspiring personalities of our time in an enlightening programme of events.

Steve Backshall, Saba Douglas- Hamilton, Doug Allan, Nick Baker and Benedict Allen are amoung some of the fantastic speakers.