Chimpanzees Our Closest Relatives by Kirsten Bruening

In addition to the bonobos, chimpanzees are the closest relatives of humans – the genetic makeup of chimpanzees and humans is 98 percent. Chimpanzees also have a pronounced facial expression that is very similar to that of us humans. We were allowed to admire this adult animal in the “Cologne Zoo”. But where is the difference between ape and man?
Intelligence! Only humans are smart enough to build and use tools. In it scientists agreed for a long time. But then they watched as an orangutan on the Southeast Asian island of Borneo lingered motionless on the shore with a spear-like wooden stick. Suddenly he bumped into it. He hunted fish – and knew what he was doing.

Nikon D800 with 70-300 mm | Exposure 1/800 sec @ f/5.6 | Focal Length 70mm | ISO 800

Award Winner
Photo of the Day

Award Date
November 13, 2019



Value 12
Clarity 11
Composition 17
Style 12
Skill 11

Award Category
Wildlife Photography

Photograph Location
Koln, Germany

Kirsten Bruening is an amateur photographer and lives near Cologne. Her passion for photography started in her childhood and she spent many years exploring analogue photography. After a long break of fifteen years, she returned to photography. She loves black and white photography in nature, portraiture, and wildlife. She believes nothing can convey more expression to emotions and beauty than the play of light and shadow. She plans an extra-occupational study in photography and wants to deepen her knowledge.

Current Location
Cologne, Germany


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