Photojournalism - Amateur

A Caged Existence

Andrew Upton

Honorable Mention

"A Caged Existence "
Captive Asian small-clawed otter in "otter cafe", Tokyo. Listed as vulnerable on IUCN Red List.

Biography: I am a visual storyteller and a wildlife & conservation photographer focusing on fauna of the Japanese archipelago. My passion is for telling stories that explore the intersection of history, pop-culture, community and wildlife conservation. My long-term work focuses on the exotic/endangered pet trade, in particular documenting Japan's long and complex history with otters. I practice ethical photography. The needs and wellbeing of the animal always comes first. When photographing captive animals, I do not induce them with food and I do not handle them. I only use minimal post processing.

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