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Copyright: Annick Vanderschelden (vanderschelden) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2553 W: 74 N: 7464] (30441)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-04-12
Categories: Mammals
Camera: Canon EOS 1D Mark III, Canon 400mm 2.8 IS
Exposure: f/8, 1/250 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2008-04-13 10:35
Viewed: 6030
Points: 38
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
I photographed this one in a zoo. Not in Africa:-).
Apparently she was proud and she actually showed her little one to the public but after a while she disappeared as if she was saying: "okay, you have seen my chimpie and now I have my duties".

ISO400. PP in Lightroom and CS3.

Thanks for viewing...


Common Chimpanzees live in communities that typically range from twenty to more than 150 members, but spend most of their time travelling in small parties of just a few individuals. They are both arboreal and terrestrial, spending equal time in the trees and on the ground. Their habitual gait is quadrupedal, using the soles of their feet and resting on their knuckles, but they can walk upright for short distances. Common Chimpanzees are 'knuckle walkers', like gorillas, in contrast to the quadrupedal locomotion of orangutans and bonobos, 'palm walkers' who use the outside edge of their palms.

The Common Chimpanzee lives in a fission-fusion society, where mating is promiscuous, and may be found in groups of the following types: all-male, adult females and offspring, consisting of both sexes, one female and her offspring, or a single individual. At the core of social structures are males, who roam around, protect group members, and search for food. Among males, there is generally a dominance hierarchy. However, this unusual fission-fusion social structure, "in which portions of the parent group may on a regular basis separate from and then rejoin the rest", is highly variable in terms of which particular individual chimpanzees congregate at a given time. This is mainly due to chimpanzees having a high level of individual autonomy within their fission-fusion social groups. Also, communities have large ranges that overlap with those of other groups.

As a result, individual chimpanzees often forage for food alone, or in smaller groups (as opposed to the much larger parent group, which encompasses all the chimpanzees who regularly come into contact and congregate into parties in a particular area). As stated, these smaller groups also emerge in a variety of types, for a variety of purposes. For example, an all-male troop may be organized in order to hunt for meat, while a group consisting of one mature male and one mature female may occur for the purposes of copulation. An individual may encounter certain individuals quite frequently, but have run-ins with others almost never or only in large-scale gatherings. Due to the varying frequency at which chimpanzees associate, the structure of their societies is highly complicated.

When confronted by a predator, chimpanzees will react with loud screams and use any object they can get against the threat. As noted above, the leopard is the chimp's main natural predator, but they have also fallen prey to lions as well.

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Hi Annick,
what a beautiful portrait of this chimpanzee with its child :)
Technically this post is perfect.
Very nice composition and good POV
TFS Tatjana

A beautiful shot, very full of emotions, captured with precision at the perfect moment, Annick...

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  • mariki Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 838 W: 60 N: 2307] (9477)
  • [2008-04-13 10:54]

Hello Annick,

Excellent shot. Wonderful composition. Such a similitude to human expression on the faces of both mother and child. Your picture is technically excellent.

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  • lizzie Gold Star Critiquer [C: 207 W: 0 N: 605] (2855)
  • [2008-04-13 11:34]

Hi Annick,
BEAUTIFUL, I really love the way you've cropped this image! Her eyes are just amazing and telling a story....motherhood!
I really like this shot, full of tenderness between mother and son or daughter!
Congratulations, so well done!


Great double portrait Annick.
Love the way you've made this excellent tight crop.This way all attention is going to the facial expressions of the mother and her child and those expressions are priceless.
Mom with a smile on her face as happy as she can be and the child with eyes closed feeling it self very safe in mothers arms.
Technically flawless work and a great ote aswell.
A real beauty this is. TFS!!!

Warm regards,


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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2008-04-13 13:04]

Hallo Annick,
Technisch weer een topper. Over een goede compositie valt te discussiëren, maar deze keuze is absoluut erg mooi. Prachtige expressie in de gezichten.

Hola Annick.
Una simpática imagen.
Excelentes detalles, se aprecian muy bien los distintos pliegues de la piel de estos animales.
Buena nota.
Saludos, JL.

Hi Annick,
Very nice shot. Great composition and lighting.

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  • MMM Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1114 W: 0 N: 2546] (11425)
  • [2008-04-13 14:16]

Hello Annick
Wonderfull familly portrait.Excellent POV and well composed image.Detail and sharpness are excellent.
TFS Michel

Hi Annick,

Stunning image, the contentment in this little chimpanzee's face is amazing, being wrapped in her mother's arms, just a beautiful image, detail, framing, all perfect, really nice work mate.

Cheers Rick :)

Hi Annick,

The grin on the face of the mother and the new born is what makes this picture special. The framing is absolutely the best. The tilted heads make the portrait interesting. The small hand of the baby gripping mom's hair fills an otherwise empty space. This is marvelous and tells the story without you having to write an elaborate note. TFS.

- Murali Santhanam

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  • SelenE Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2249 W: 65 N: 4205] (13972)
  • [2008-04-14 0:46]

Hi Annick,
Expression you have captured on baby's and the mom's face is beautiful. Very good composition and details. TFS
Have a nice week

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  • joey Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1739 W: 224 N: 6872] (24909)
  • [2008-04-14 5:16]

Hello Annick,
a really intimate shot of this mother Chimpanzee and her baby!
Both the expressions are superb!
The face of the little Chimp is slightly OE but otherwise the exposure is very accurate.
Superb detail and sharpness.
Great focusing as well.
I like the white BG.
Nice work!


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  • gannu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 988 W: 4 N: 3277] (14761)
  • [2008-04-14 10:30]

Hello Annick, WOW so natural and beauty. Excellent face focus and sharp image view.Ganesh

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  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2008-04-14 19:36]

Hello Annick

What a lovely capture of these two,the facial expressions of both are wonderful.
One shows pride and protectiveness.The other sheer love and security.
The focus and details are excellent.
Well done.


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  • Ena Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 324 W: 61 N: 594] (2454)
  • [2008-04-24 2:35]

Hello Annick,
Lovely shot!
Simply cute!

Hi Annick,
Great shot. Very nice expressions carried on both the mommie and the chimp. Excellent light, colors and details. Beautiful composition.


Hi Annick,
Once again a great shot.Excellent timing,good lighting and sharp detail.Mother and baby, mother on the look out and chimpie quite comfortable to take a nap knowing mother is taking care. Loving eyes of mother holding her offspring against her warm comforting body.

Hello Annick,
Your work is beautiful.How lucky you are to be able to photograph so many of our beautiful fellow creatures.I chose your mama and babe to comment on because, I am a mom.So much love in her eyes and baby looks very happy. All my best.

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