Tim Laman is a field biologist and wildlife photojournalist. Tim first went to the rain forests of Borneo in 1987 and the Asia-Pacific region has been a major focus for both his scientific research and photography ever since. His pioneering research in the rain forest canopy in Borneo led to a PhD from Harvard 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 magazine, where he has published twenty-one feature stories. Tim has also published more than a dozen scientific articles related to rainforest ecology and birdlife, and is a research associate in the Ornithology Department at Harvard University.
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 relishes such challenges, and firmly believes that promoting awareness through photography can make a difference for conservation.
Tim’s work has garnered numerous awards, including the highest honor of the North American Nature Photography Association in 2009 – their annual “Outstanding Nature Photographer” Award. Ten of his images have won recognition in the BBC Wildlife Photographer of the Year awards, and he has won several prizes in the Nature’s Best International Photography awards including first place in the underwater category.