During a trip to Northern Kenya in 2014, the British wildlife photographer Margot Raggett was so moved by the tragic and visceral sight of an elephant slain by poachers that she decided to take action. For Raggett, it was this image of a remarkable animal lying dead in the dust that crystallised her desire to fight the insidiousness of poaching, and she soon decided that it was through images which celebrated the life of such creatures that change could be made.
A testament to the power of photography, the Remembering Wildlife series has raised hundreds of thousands of pounds since its first edition, Remembering Elephants, was published in 2016. In partnership with Born Free projects in Kenya, Mali, Malawi, Ethiopia and Zimbabawe, all funds from the series go directly towards the fight against poaching. Such was the success of Remembering Elephants that Remembering Rhinos followed in 2017, while the latest edition, Remembering Great Apes, will go to press this October.
Richard Denyer – an NWS client who has embarked on no less than 27 trips with us – captured the image while spending time with a habituated group of mountain gorillas in Rwanda’s Volcanoes National Park Richard will feature alongside some of the most esteemed names in wildlife photography, such as Brent Stirton, Frans Lanting, and Jonathan and Angela Scott, each one a former Wildlife Photographer of the Year.
In addition to giants of the industry who donated their images to Remembering Great Apes, a competition was held for other photographers who wished to contribute their work to the title. Over 1,000 submissions were received, and from this pool only Richard’s image, along with those from nine other photographers, were selected for inclusion. We sat down for a quick Q&A with Richard to talk about his winning shot and wildlife photography in general.