Tim Laman is a field biologist and wildlife photojournalist. He is a research associate in the Ornithology Department at Harvard University, and a Fellow of the International League of Conservation Photographers. His pioneering research in the rain forest canopy in Borneo led to a PhD from Harvard University and his first National Geographic article in 1997. Since then, he has pursued his passion for exploring wild places and documenting little-known and endangered wildlife by becoming a regular contributor to National Geographic with sixteen articles to his credit to date, all of which have had a conservation message. Some have focused on endangered species such as Orangutans, Proboscis Monkeys, or Hornbills, while others, such as a series of articles on Conservation International’s Biodiversity Hotspots, have highlighted regions under intense pressure. Tim has also published more than a dozen scientific articles related to rainforest ecology and birdlife. He has had eight images receive awards in the BBC Wildlife Photographer of the Year competition, and won awards from Nature’s Best, Communication Arts and Pictures of the Year, as well as being featured in some of the National Geographic special publications such as “100 Best Pictures”.
Tim has developed somewhat of a reputation for being able to come back with shots from the wild of nearly impossible subjects like gliding animals in Borneo, displaying Birds of Paradise, and some of the most critically endangered birds in the world such as the Nuku Hiva Pigeon and the Visayan Wrinkled Hornbill of the Philippines. He continues to relish such challenges, and firmly believes that promoting awareness through photography can make a difference for conservation.