20th Annual Smithsonian Magazine Photo Contest Natural World
The Orangutan’s Protective Gaze

The Sumatran orangutan, found only in Sumatra, Indonesia, are intelligent, graceful, and Critically Endangered. Here, a female who was accompanied by her son appears to display a protective quality in front of us.

Photo Detail
Date Taken: 10.2021
Date Uploaded: 11.2022
Photo Location: Indonesia
Camera: ILCE-1
Copyright: © Kevin Benckendorf