Honorable Mention TOKYO-2020 Nature / Wildlife

The Comeback

  • Photographer
    Neil Ever Osborne
  • Agency / Studio
    Neil Ever Osborne
  • Technical Info
    Nikon D850, 70-200mm F/2.8, 1/400, F5.6, Iso 2000
  • Photo Date
    October 23rd, 2019

Despite a 20-year civil war in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) that has killed millions of people, relentless poaching and an exploding human population, the mountain gorilla is making an amazing comeback, thanks to the selfless commitment of countless Africans. In 2008, field surveys estimated 680 mountain gorillas. Today, according to the most recent studies, there are 1,063. The new data prompted the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) to change the mountain gorilla’s status, from critically endangered to endangered.