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Charles Ryan

In 2008, Charlie Ryan embarked on a trip to Borneo, initially working on community conservation projects. A seasoned professional in the realm of photography, Charlie Ryan captures the essence of Borneo’s wildlife through his lens, while also contributing to the realm of tourism. Amidst his profound affection for every facet of Borneo, it’s the enigmatic clouded leopard and its feline companions that truly pique his curiosity. Charlie’s work has been published in National Geographic, BBC, and Netflix.

An avid wildlife photographer, Charles Ryan has traveled to over 50 countries primarily in Asia, Africa, and South America. After studying environmental science in college, he moved to Borneo in 2008 to work on conservation and community development initiatives, including forest restoration, eco-tourism, and efforts to curb illegal poaching and logging. Since then, he has worked extensively to document the fauna of Borneo, and his images have been published by Audubon magazine, NPR, the BBC. As a professional guide for nearly a decade, he loves to share his expertise gained from his many years spent exploring Borneo on trekking adventures, helicopter tours, and expeditions with National Geographic grantees.

The focus of these projects – to create alternative livelihoods through the form of forest restoration projects, and community tourism initiatives.

One of his main goals is to curb illegal poaching and logging in rural communities. Alongside this, he also spends time training individuals to become nature guides throughout Borneo – this, he believes is an invaluable skill to promote conservation.

He is an expert naturalist, specialising in mammals, birds, and rainforest ecology and an avid photographer, with some of his most extensive work documenting the fauna of Borneo.

Having travelled extensively, he uses his images to educate people on the importance of tradition and conservation and works with DRK Photo Agency and National Geographic Expeditions, which specialise in worldwide wildlife images. Charles also runs wildlife photography workshops throughout Asia.

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Borneo from Trails to Tales-Sticky Rice Travel

Charles Ryan’s coffee table book, published by Sticky Rice Travel, is a meticulously curated collection of his best Borneo photographs. It depicts Malaysian Borneo’s beautiful landscapes and spotlights endless species of wildlife that is guaranteed to pique anyone’s inner Mowgli. Photography aside, marvel in the wildlife illustrations and engaging storytelling of local folklores and beliefs. See the rainforests and other landscapes through his eyes as he shares his passion and continuous photographic journey through this visually stunning 160 page book. It is the perfect book for anyone interested in nature and wildlife, parents wanting to introduce their children to the wonders of Borneo’s natural habitat, or the discerning armchair traveler who would rather skip the humidity and creepy crawlies of the jungle, and simply live vicariously through another person’s eyes.