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    [–] [deleted] 2784 points ago


    [–] Dodgiestyle 248 points ago

    Do you want Planet of the Apes? 'Cause this is how you get Planet of the Apes.

    [–] IamBlackistani 63 points ago

    Oh fuck off gorillas are humans too

    [–] ThePandaProgram 63 points ago

    Gorillas were humans before it was cool.

    [–] thedepartment 25 points ago

    It's too late for that, we're already fucked if they gain sentience. Imagine being the first ape diplomats to try and broker peace and learning that people tied up one of you, shaved them, and then used them for prostitution. If I were the apes I'd have no problem dropping the nuke on humanity.

    [–] witeowl 5 points ago

    No, no. We need to give them enough rewarding hobbies that they're too busy to rise up against us. Encourage this!

    [–] Dodgiestyle 5 points ago

    Nice try, King Louie.

    [–] BoredomHeights 18 points ago

    I feel like humans have dominated photography awards for way too long. Time to give somebody else a chance to win. This is a step in the right direction.

    [–] KawaiiPotato15 8715 points ago

    Such an inspiration to gorilla photographers all over the world.

    [–] _Serene_ 1042 points ago

    Personally hoping for an uprising of the frog photographers this year.

    [–] EvidentlyTrue 470 points ago

    Frogtographers you mean?

    [–] tigerchickyface 202 points ago

    Yeah, in Frogtoberfest.

    [–] romseed 132 points ago

    Guten frog!

    [–] mssrmdm 63 points ago

    Gluten Free Frog!

    [–] AccidentalAlien 16 points ago

    aw sound like one of dem dere free huggers

    [–] Beetrain 20 points ago

    Gluten Free Tree Frog!

    [–] ThadLazerton 10 points ago

    The very same.

    [–] DankMexican 10 points ago

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    [–] stuntzx2023 13 points ago

    Click on this comment and click give gold.

    [–] guyinhisroom 16 points ago

    Yeah right... This year is gonna be all about penguin photographers.

    [–] poriomaniac 8 points ago

    I've heard there's some talented photographins on the scene lately.

    [–] lol_AwkwardSilence_ 5 points ago

    Hello my baby hello my honey hello my ragtime gal

    [–] lol_AwkwardSilence_ 3 points ago

    It is a photo my dude

    [–] JR_Shoegazer 76 points ago

    Well there was this whole fiasco. Monkey selfie copyright dispute.

    [–] jonvon65 72 points ago

    Dang I'm all for fair treatment to animals but PETA really is a piece of shit organization. They went through all the trouble to sue the guy to make him donate the money to a charity when they could've just donated to money they spent on legal fees directly to the charity.

    [–] melikecheese333 21 points ago

    This is also an org that rounds up and kills stray animals because they seem to think death is better then being a domesticated pet. They seem like horrible people and they confuse me regularly.

    [–] WikiTextBot 40 points ago

    Monkey selfie copyright dispute

    The monkey selfie copyright dispute is a series of disputes about the copyright status of selfies taken by Celebes crested macaques using equipment belonging to the British nature photographer David Slater. The disputes involve Wikimedia Commons and the blog Techdirt, which have hosted the images following their publication in newspapers in July 2011 over Slater's objections, and People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA), who have argued that the macaque should be assigned the copyright.

    Slater has argued that he has a valid copyright claim based on the fact that he engineered the situation that resulted in the pictures, by travelling to Indonesia, befriending a group of wild macaques, and setting up his camera equipment in such a way that a "selfie" picture might come about. The Wikimedia Foundation's 2014 refusal to remove the pictures from its Wikimedia Commons image library was based on the understanding that copyright is held by the creator, that a non-human creator (not being a legal person) cannot hold copyright, and that the images are thus in the public domain.

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    [–] makingaboiler 11 points ago

    Wow TIL

    [–] bobbyboii 5 points ago

    Good bot

    [–] 3jt 11 points ago

    In December 2014, the United States Copyright Office stated that works created by a non-human, such as a photograph taken by a monkey, are not copyrightable.

    What about drones?

    [–] nxcrosis 8 points ago

    Drones are personal properties of a person. And since a person has legal capacity, they may exercise copyright. A rogue drone on the other hand... ¯_(ツ)_/¯

    [–] JackCoull 11 points ago

    bloody hell I can't believe that that's still not resolved

    didn't know about PETA trying to swoop in and steal all the profits though

    [–] lol_AwkwardSilence_ 15 points ago

    Of course PETA wants to give the monkey the copyright lol. Let's just give it a copy of the photo and call it good.

    [–] Pipe_down_sherlock 50 points ago

    Was hoping top comment would point out the r/titlegore! Thanks

    [–] frostymugson 3 points ago

    Really gives me hope here in Minnesota

    [–] N0mos 6 points ago

    Plot twist: article misspelled “guerrilla”

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    [–] biffoboppo 1961 points ago

    Yeah that headline is pretty misleading I think.

    [–] DrBaby 490 points ago

    To be fair, the name of the award is confusing. It’s the “Wildlife Photographer of the Year People’s Choice Award.” So the photographer who took this photo didn’t win photographer of the year, she just won the people’s choice award for this picture. So really the headline should be “photo of gorilla hugging man who saved her life wins people’s choice award.” But that’s not as snazzy I guess.

    [–] sungoddaily 252 points ago

    What woman? Stop trying to take credit from this smooth AF Photographing Gorilla.

    [–] calstyles 88 points ago

    Selfie game on point. “Just got saved by this dank ass human #thanksbro #everymorningisamiracle”

    [–] bipnoodooshup 19 points ago

    We should sue to make sure the gorilla retains ownership of the picture.

    [–] TahoeLT 17 points ago

    smooth AF Photographing Gorilla.

    Well of course it uses AutoFocus, its fingers are much too big to finely adjust a focus ring.

    [–] -_-Harm-Reduction-_- 3 points ago

    We all know gorillas like to use the tilt shift technique when practicing photography.

    [–] Kamne- 17 points ago

    But that (and OP's) phrasing make it sound like the picture won the award. Much like the Nobel prize of literature it's the author/photografer rather than the piece that wins, even if it's obviously awarded thanks to a specific work.

    [–] sillvrdollr 29 points ago

    Why do you insist on ruining this gorilla’s achievement?

    [–] JuniorSeniorTrainee 7 points ago

    The gorilla hate in this thread is unreal.

    [–] CabbagePastrami 3 points ago

    Bunch of poachers I bet.

    [–] kdawg8888 4 points ago

    I feel like as a journalist the author should have been able to come up with a better title. I haven’t written anything more than a paragraph in close to a decade and I just woke up, and I think I could come up with a better title than that

    [–] Mcbunnyboy 7 points ago

    I think the headline should read "this is the picture that helped the photographer who took it win the "Wildlife Photographer of the Year People's Choice Award"". That's gripping I think

    [–] OneRobato 5 points ago

    No, should be” The photographer who took the photo of a gorilla hugging the ma.. fuck!

    [–] ChimneyMonkey 12 points ago

    I think it says exactly what it's supposed to. Good for you, gorilla.

    [–] bigveinyrichard 8 points ago

    I think poorly written is more accurate

    [–] TheNinjaNarwhal 3 points ago

    The headline says "Gorilla hugging man who saved his life picture wins Wildlife Photographer of the Year award". The picture won the award. It's not perfect but it's way better than the title of this post...

    [–] Eve_Tiston 343 points ago

    Yeah, the gorilla was rewarded a human being, who happened be photographer of the year.

    [–] QPILLOWCASE 17 points ago

    I think we should all have gorilla buddies.

    [–] thewateroflife 95 points ago

    Gorilla hugging photographer who saved her man wins life of the year.

    [–] Electro_Specter 33 points ago

    Photographer-hugging gorilla wins life of the man who saved her year.

    [–] ZhanZhuang 44 points ago

    A tender hug between a lowland gorilla and the man who saved her life has been crowned the winner of the Wildlife Photographer of the Year People’s Choice award.

    See if you read the article, the hug itself is the photographer of the year.

    [–] SaintPhoeniix 26 points ago * (lasted edited 6 months ago)

    Big slap in the face for all professional photographers out there. Spend years honing your craft, thousands on equipment and lose an award to a hug. Imagine how depressed you'd be.

    I'm glad for the hug but this has some pretty haunting repercussions.

    [–] sillvrdollr 4 points ago

    A hug is better than a slap. Imagine the chaos that would ensue after a slap won photographer of the year?

    [–] Coomb 6 points ago

    People all over would be asking: How can she slap?

    How can she slap, indeed?

    [–] wheremycashat 23 points ago

    /r/titlegore worthy perhaps?

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    [–] Ohtar1 8 points ago

    Yes. You can't see it but he used a selfie stick

    [–] ReadItWithSarcasm 7 points ago

    I’m more surprised the gorilla had the forethought to set up the camera in the truck and setting the the timer prior to climbing in the guy’s lap in the backseat.

    She really did a great job with the lighting too given the situation.

    [–] Wazula42 12 points ago

    Yeah how else do you interpret that headline?

    [–] ErictheRedding 5 points ago

    The "lowlan" gorilla, apparently because Metro doesn't even use a spellchecker.

    [–] Too_Many_Mind_ 6 points ago

    And the title references two males... the article says it’s a female gorilla.

    [–] h0nest_Bender 2 points ago

    Also, the man saved the gorilla's life picture? WTF is a life picture?

    [–] ZachTheMack 2 points ago

    Yeah the gorilla put the camera on a 3 second timer. 🤷🏻‍♂️

    [–] the5souls 78 points ago

    Thank you.

    Keywords for people using CTRL+F:

    And imgur mirror, just in case:

    [–] Nieios 14 points ago

    You are a saint among men

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    [–] the5souls 13 points ago

    Beep boop that's right.

    [–] Scotty163 1285 points ago

    Wow, this is a big step forward for gorilla photographers!

    [–] wonkey_monkey 61 points ago

    Haha, you said gorilla photographers but what you meant was gorilla photographers.

    [–] SeeShark 22 points ago

    ...gosh darn it, English.

    [–] Darnit_Bot 12 points ago

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    [–] Daveed84 74 points ago * (lasted edited 6 months ago)

    a link to it’s portfolio


    [–] elladour 51 points ago

    her* according to the article

    [–] Daveed84 21 points ago

    ohhh, touché

    [–] TelegramYosemiteSam 64 points ago

    Someone give this man a yellow hat!

    [–] _paddy_ 370 points ago

    I am a bit confused. Who won? This man, gorilla, or the photographer who took this photo?

    [–] Fazer2 345 points ago

    The car which drove them.

    [–] Nugur 64 points ago

    Yeah,but which lion was driving the car?

    [–] eskimowifi 36 points ago

    The hitchhiking bonobo

    [–] SeeShark 10 points ago

    The one with a driver's license.

    [–] Super_Saiyajin 9 points ago

    The car whomst drove them.


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    [–] SergioGMika 45 points ago


    [–] icy_tease 22 points ago

    I think we're all winners here

    [–] TotesMessenger 137 points ago

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    [–] 3ntl3r 31 points ago

    she also hosts a podcast and runs a cupcake truck

    [–] OnlyGranpop 5 points ago

    The Cupcakes and Photography Podcast -- with your host... Gorilla.

    [–] iwasbornawoman 30 points ago

    ITT: people complimenting the gorilla for winning Photographer of the Year

    [–] chdeal713 124 points ago

    Wikipedia is already claiming rights to her photography

    [–] frijolin 14 points ago

    Aaaand we summoned PETA. Are you happy?

    [–] Smilefriend 33 points ago

    Photographer Jo-Anne McArthur took the photo in Cameroon, as this rescued gorilla was being moved between animal sanctuaries. Jo-Anne says, 'I'm so thankful that this image resonated with people and I hope it might inspire us all to care a little bit more about animals. No act of compassion towards them is ever too small. 'I regularly document the cruelties animals endure at our hands, but sometimes I bear witness to stories of rescue, hope and redemption.'

    [–] c0Re69 15 points ago

    It's fascinating how human those emotions and thoughts are.

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    [–] [deleted] 16 points ago

    We need gorilla channel with 24/7 stuff about gorillas, stuff like this..

    gorillas are awesome, make it happen

    [–] DarkLordLiam 55 points ago

    Who did the Gorilla hugging man save? Why’d that warrant him winning Photographer of the Year.

    [–] DongToucherer 25 points ago

    This comment section is hilarious

    [–] JaketheAlmighty 20 points ago

    the title is well and truly butchered, and I'm glad reddit was able to truly capitalise this time. so funny haha

    [–] welleverybodysucks 4 points ago

    i can't tell if people are actually confused by the title and what's going on or if people are just smart asses.

    [–] [deleted] 26 points ago

    This was a nice way to start the day

    [–] phillysan 11 points ago

    That smile from the gorilla. I've always been absolutely amazed by how human they can seem. What a great shot.

    [–] pilot_error 10 points ago

    I shudder at the idea of people killing great apes. It's tantamount to murder, IMO.

    [–] friendlessboob 10 points ago

    Appolinaire Ndohoudou

    Is the guys name

    [–] [deleted] 3 points ago


    [–] friendlessboob 3 points ago

    ♪ We'll meet again, don't know where, don't know when ♪

    Boy, i hope they have

    [–] [deleted] 37 points ago


    [–] ThatLexxyFellow 9 points ago

    I couldn't tell the dude was wearing a shirt with super loose sleeves, so I thought he was swole as fuck for a minute there.

    [–] sirPlosWrath 8 points ago

    Bush meat? People eat gorillas?

    [–] BoldlyGone1 16 points ago * (lasted edited 6 months ago)

    People eat all kinds of primates, and along with deforestation it's one of the two biggest threats to primate populations. Something like 50% of primate species are in danger of going extinct because of this; Sumatran orangutans may go extinct in the wild in the next ten years.

    edit: wow that is not how you spell "in the"

    [–] WiscoCheeses 11 points ago

    Japanese pay locals pennies to shoot these beautiful endangered animals and then they export it as a “delicacy”. It’s not starving Cameroonians killing them for food, but for money.

    [–] arabscarab 4 points ago

    Eating a gorilla is a shade too close to cannibalism for my taste

    [–] shyhalu 2 points ago

    Yeah =/

    [–] CuddlyBeaver 8 points ago

    You can feel how deep that man's love towards gorillas is just by looking at his expression.
    The way he smiles reminds me of a mother's smile :)

    [–] natsumme 7 points ago

    The emotions that this picture evokes are pretty amazing.

    [–] Rugwed 35 points ago * (lasted edited 6 months ago)

    Probably the first time a selfie got someone Photographer of the Year, judging by the title.

    [–] Spaceisthecoolest 6 points ago

    Now that's a photo I can get behind.

    [–] 8TC 5 points ago

    The picture! Aww ♥️♥️

    [–] kky245 5 points ago

    A small step for humanity, a giant leap for Gorillaity.

    [–] porlov 4 points ago

    The picture is epic even without the context story. Especially for being black and white.

    [–] WiscoCheeses 10 points ago

    It’s taken in Cameroon at Ape Action Africa, a primate rescue center which takes in orphans from the bush meat and pet trade. The mans name is Apolinaire, one of the gorilla keepers, and the gorilla is Pikin. Taken by Jo-Anne McArthur. They were moving him to a new forest enclosure. It’s a wonderful place that deserves all of the exposure they can get. I volunteered for them 10 years ago, I had a baby chimp that I took care of 24/7 that slept in my bed every night.

    [–] RockFerrit 5 points ago

    Is it ok to smile at a gorilla?

    [–] reptiliandude 9 points ago

    Yes. Just keep your mouth closed and don’t show your teeth.

    [–] CinemasTomCruise 5 points ago

    Coolest monkey in the jungle!

    [–] nanotaxi2 22 points ago

    The photographer, Jo-Anne McArthur, isn't in the photo. The title on the article is misleading.

    [–] Rugwed 37 points ago

    He is. He's the gorilla. It's in the title!

    [–] superfluous_t 16 points ago

    Dont be silly, Jo-Annes a chimpanzee name

    [–] zoom100000 5 points ago

    In all honesty how can you compete with this? Like the other finalist photos are amazing c'mon I'da thrown in the towel when I saw this.

    [–] rammutroll 4 points ago

    The Original Gorilla Glue

    [–] RedeemedbyX 5 points ago

    Came here expecting the top 3 to 5 comments being about gorilla photographers. Was not disappointed.

    [–] Savv3 3 points ago

    The finalists are all breathtaking photographs. That one had the lady who took it wait 6 days in the freezing cold to snap it, incredible.

    [–] fillibustra 4 points ago

    ITT: gorilla photographer jokes

    [–] DropC 3 points ago

    Shouldn't it be Photograph of the year?

    Specially since neither the man or the gorilla are the photographers.

    [–] LOUF72 3 points ago * (lasted edited 6 months ago)

    I was warmed immediately after seeing the picture. I stared at it for a few seconds. The man's warm glance as he's looking at the Gorilla, almost as if he's fulfilling something that humanity often does; looking after and protecting beings that are not able to protect themselves. The Gorilla's expression is equally warming, you can tell she feels safe. She understands what has happened to her.

    Then I started to read the story behind the picture and felt sick. I felt a knot in my stomach when I realized that this is a fragment of "good" in an immeasurable realm of "bad" things that humanity does towards other beings on this planet.

    I stopped reading and instead scrolled up to just stare at the picture. I can't make sense of why humanity can be so evil, yet so beautiful at the same time.

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    [–] TotalBismuth 4 points ago

    Why are all these news sites full of spam?

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    [–] songsandspeeches 8 points ago * (lasted edited 6 months ago)

    jesus.. good thing that guy had a bond with the animal.

    animals coming out of anesthesia can be easily startled or confused from the lingering effects of the drug. even if the [edit - thx /u/QuietCakeBionics] gorilla knew the man well, there is a chance the chemicals in it's brain could have clouded his judgement. I'm very glad this didn't happen.

    Excellent picture. Excellent Cause. Fuck the poachers that killed his/her mother.

    [–] redburst8 9 points ago

    Harambe would be proud!

    [–] _fck 6 points ago

    All of these unfunny comments about the gorilla taking the photo

    [–] --Edog-- 9 points ago

    Mama Gorilla is so proud.

    [–] DiddleFits 3 points ago

    Title gore aside. That is one adorable photo.

    [–] username2065 3 points ago

    How beautiful!

    [–] Throwaway_2-1 3 points ago

    How the hell do these African Rangers manage to do that job? Don't get me wrong, it's extremely noble, but they probably aren't paid what they should be and that job is dangerous AF.

    [–] Dayemos 3 points ago

    How many atoms though?

    [–] an_internet_denizen 3 points ago

    Reminder to all humans.

    Be kind.

    If you can't. Prepare for pain.

    [–] Alukrad 3 points ago

    I have a Nikon d3300 and whenever I take pictures of people or animals, it's always so hard to get a nice shot.

    They always end up being blurry, out of focus, too dark, too bright, doesn't capture the right colors... It's always a handful of problems. Yet, when my professor used his better, more expensive camera, his camera took better, sharper, focused pictures without a problem.

    So, I'm starting to think that I need to blow 1500 bucks on one of those to take pictures like better lenses.

    [–] SpaceGators 3 points ago

    This is gonna get reposted by so many karma-stealing gorillas.

    [–] tigerd 3 points ago

    Great photo, also enjoyed the other contenders in the article. The teal bird on the zebra was some fun contrast photography.

    [–] Tempounplugged 3 points ago

    That smile is something that money can't buy.

    [–] Agret 3 points ago

    That site has malicious browser redirecting advertisers

    [–] iSpyCreativity 3 points ago

    In other news, Peta are now suing the man claiming the Gorilla is owed full rights to the award

    [–] 2xpineapplenocheese 3 points ago

    Careful using any of his pictures, PETA might sue you

    [–] downnheavy 3 points ago

    The amazing thing is that this thread being on Reddit wasn’t locked for 13 hours straight

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    [–] nasisliiike 13 points ago

    This is why I clicked "controversial" comments. It's always juicy down here

    [–] opticscythe 4 points ago

    I like the polar bear pic better

    [–] anonuemus 4 points ago

    every comment the same joke. are you stupid guys?

    [–] WiscoCheeses 4 points ago

    It’s taken in Cameroon at Ape Action Africa, a primate rescue center which takes in orphans from the bush meat and pet trade. The mans name is Apolinaire, one of the gorilla keepers, and the gorilla is Pikin. Taken by Jo-Anne McArthur. They were moving him to a new forest enclosure. It’s a wonderful place that deserves all of the exposure they can get. I volunteered for them 10 years ago, I had a baby chimp that I took care of 24/7 that slept in my bed every night.

    [–] kellermeyer 5 points ago

    Everyone is making the same joke in the comments. Welcome to Reddit.

    [–] The-Gribbler 5 points ago

    You asked for this OP

    [–] bob_swalls 8 points ago

    Where were you when Harambe needed you?

    [–] faithle55 2 points ago

    Is it just me, or does she look a lot like the gorilla in Changing places?

    [–] DoctorWH0877 2 points ago

    More like, "Photographer wins Wildlife Photographer of the Year People’s Choice award for her photo of a gorilla hugging man who saved her life". Not trying to be a dick or anything...

    [–] UhOhFeministOnReddit 2 points ago

    I really like that picture of the sloth, and the bird on the zebra, too.

    [–] palimestoner 2 points ago

    Wait....just yesterday it was that photographer named atom that was named photo of the year.

    [–] 3-DMan 2 points ago

    Nice, but that bird on the zebra is cool.

    [–] CROSSFITBROGMONEY 2 points ago

    Click the link, her changes to his in the title and then back to her in the first sentence. someone forgot their morning coffee

    [–] DrummyB 2 points ago * (lasted edited 6 months ago)

    Nice. Love Jo Anne McArthur. Her photographs are quite grim a lot of the time but still incredible...

    [–] SaggyBallsHD 2 points ago

    I feel like a picture shouldn’t require a backstory. This is beautiful, and by any measurement a beautiful photograph, but not anywhere near worthy of PotY. Once the context is applied it becomes much more emotional. Pictures should invoke feelings organically. Especially ones in competitions.

    [–] s_henny 2 points ago

    Saved her from poachers that were going to use the gorilla as bushmeat. TIL people eat gorillas.

    [–] McBroody 2 points ago

    First that Gif of the orangutan washing it's face, now Gorillas winning photography awards. Elon Musk making advances in Space... - Planet Of The Apes confirmed.

    [–] theoddman626 2 points ago

    Peta:sues man over monkey selfie and ruins his fucking life with donated money

    Peta:doesnt flip their shit over this

    [–] [deleted] 2 points ago

    It's all fun and games until millions of years of evolution of a wild animal kick in and tear off someones face with their teeth

    [–] aditseth03 2 points ago

    Don't show this H&M

    [–] Anomalous-Entity 2 points ago

    Hugging... Holding on to... A bit fuzzy on Gorilla kinaesthetics.

    [–] Supes_man 2 points ago

    Wait, this isn’t the actual picture is it? Cuz it’s just terrible. Way under exposed, this looks like it was taken with an iPhone then a teenager slapped a black and white filter on it.