In preparation for the bush meat trade, monkeys are thrown onto open fires to burn off their fur prior to being sold “naked” at food markets throughout central West Africa. Despite being banned, the consumption of bush meat remains popular and presents a serious threat to both wildlife and Humans: The wildlife is threatened with extinction and Humans run the risk of contracting deadly diseases like Ebola and HIV. This is an endangered Gabon Black Colobus monkey, Colobus satanas anthracinus being prepared at a food market, Libreville, Gabon.
This is a vision of hell on earth. I was unprepared for the shocking reality of how the “naked” carcasses I had already seen for sale in the local markets had come to be this way. One minute an exquisite animal in the rainforest canopy, the next thrown onto an open fire to flay it for eating. As consumers it is all too easy to put out of our minds how meat in any country is prepared. I love these monkeys and it was a very difficult and emotional situation. I took the picture because it documents the interface between old ways of subsistence hunting and modern commercialization which, if not balanced, will lead to extinction.
Daniel Abrou, a gaunt man of middle age with a small mustache and receding hair, to give his opinion: Was the shell breaker and snail eater animal or human? He examined the flat rocks and the shell heaps, and then shook his head and declared (in an African French where viande, the usual word for meat, sometimes also indicates wild animal): "Only meat eats meat raw."
The competition aims… ….to highlight the excellent quality achieved by European nature photographers and wants to present the innovative and distinct style they use to focus on the living things around us. The photographs entered in this competition shall contribute to the European idea of protecting wildlife and habitat and will hopefully evoke responsibility and understanding in the public.
(3) Digital photos. We attach an importance to unmanipulated nature documents. Therefore later modifications of the photographs or of their statements are not allowed. Adjustments of tonal value, contrast and sharpness are allowed only. Photographs may be trimmed, but the result must not deviate from commonly used measurements. Common formats are: 3:2 (small format), 4:3 (four-third standard), 1:1 (square), 2:1 und 3:1 panorama). Panoramas which have been assembled from different unmodified photographs by means of a software programme are admissible.
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