Parrains - InvitésTim Laman is a field biologist, wildlife photojournalist, and filmmaker. He received his Ph.D. from Harvard University for his pioneering research in the rain forest canopy in Borneo, and the Asia-Pacific region has been a primary focus of his research and photographic work ever since. His photography credits include twenty-three feature stories in National Geographic magazine, Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2016 and 1st place in World Press Photo Nature Stories. His cinematography credits include National Geographic Channel, BBC Planet Earth II, and Our Planet on Netflix. He is also director and cinematographer of award-winning short films on Birds-of-Paradise, Orangutans, and Hornbills. Tim’s two major long-term projects are on Birds-of-Paradise and Orangutans. He is the co-founder of the Birds-of-Paradise Project with Edwin Scholes at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology, and has made over twenty-five expeditions to the New Guinea region documenting this extraordinary group of birds and the biodiversity of New Guinea both above and below water. He has also been collaborating with his wife Cheryl Knott documenting research and conservation issues facing orangutans in Borneo for over 25 years. His scientific contributions include over twenty papers on rain forest ecology and birdlife. He is a Research Associate in Ornithology at Harvard University, is a founding fellow of the International League of Conservation Photographers, and a Fellow of the Explorer’s Club.
They are beautiful, they are a challenge to photograph, and their presence indicates a healthy rainforest. These are three reasons I have a passion for photographing rainforest birds. When visiting a rainforest, we are immersed in a sea of green. The birdlife, when we can catch glimpses of it, offers flashes of brilliant color. Birds also have endless fascinating behaviors, from feeding, to courtship, to nesting, and of course flight, that are stories waiting to be told. The forest however is not an easy place to photograph birds. Compared with more open habitats like grasslands or wetlands, rainforests are challenging for their low light levels, and for the three-dimensional space that birds occupy, right up to the canopy. However, I have enjoyed embracing these challenges to try to create images of rarely seen and rarely photographed species. By climbing trees with ropes, using remote cameras, and many other techniques, my aim is to reveal a world of rainforest birds that can promote appreciation and conservation of these critical habitats worldwide.