Heartbreaking photo of performing monkey wins major wildlife award

Jasper Doest from the Netherlands wins the competition with the photo of a snow monkey in a tavern north of Tokyo (Image credit: Jasper Doest)

The German Society for nature photography (GDT) has announced the winning photographs from this year’s European Wildlife Photographer of the Year competition.

Chosen from more than 19,000 entries from 38 countries, Jasper Doest from The Netherlands has won the overall title with with his photo A monkey’s mask, which depicts a snow monkey in a tavern north of Tokyo. Taken in a traditional Japanese sake house north of Tokyo, the image is part of Jasper’s series for National Geographic that sheds light on the relationship between humans and Japanese macaques.

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Lauren Scott
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Lauren is a writer, reviewer, and photographer with ten years of experience in the camera industry. She's the former Managing Editor of Digital Camera World, and previously served as Editor of Digital Photographer magazine, Technique editor for PhotoPlus: The Canon Magazine, and Deputy Editor of our sister publication, Digital Camera Magazine. An experienced journalist and freelance photographer, Lauren also has bylines at Tech Radar, Space.com, Canon Europe, PCGamesN, T3, Stuff, and British Airways' in-flight magazine (among others). When she's not testing gear for DCW, she's probably in the kitchen testing yet another new curry recipe or walking in the Cotswolds with her Flat-coated Retriever.