James Morgan James Morgan

James Morgan (b. 1986) is a multi-award winning photojournalist and filmmaker. He is based in London but works mostly across Asia, Africa and South America, shooting in depth features and advocacy campaigns for the WWF, BBC, Sunday Times, New York Times, Guardian, National Geographic Traveller, USAID and many others. James’ forward thinking approach to the production and dissemination of in-depth multimedia features began with his work on Indonesia’s last sea nomads, the images won numerous awards and continue to be published and exhibited around the world. Recent work has included an investigative report looking at the links between international terrorism and the illegal wildlife trade, a behind the scenes look at an election race in Papua New Guinea and a group of indigenous female wrestlers fighting back against discrimination in Bolivia. Having travelled to over sixty countries, James is comfortable working in any environment and can speak English, Malaysian, Spanish, Icelandic and Indonesian. James is an ambassador for underwater housing manufacturer Aquatech and represented by both Panos Pictures and Getty Images in London.

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Wildlife Crimes (7 of 47)
Minkebe, Gabon
By James Morgan
24 Jun 2012

Eco guards on patrol at night in a logging concession outside Minkebe national park. As longing concessions cut deeper into the forest they open the way both for illegal logging and poaching.

James Morgan / WWF-CANON

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Wildlife Crimes (6 of 47)
Minkebe, Gabon
By James Morgan
23 Jun 2012

A juvenile mandril monkey, it's mother was killed by poachers and it now lives in Minkebe village.

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Wildlife Crimes (5 of 47)
Mekobe, Gabon
By James Morgan
23 Jun 2012

A baka pygmy family in Mekobe village, Gabon.

James Morgan / WWF-CANON

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Wildlife Crimes (4 of 47)
Menkebe, Gabon
By James Morgan
23 Jun 2012

Despite being one of Africa's most resource rich countries, poverty is widespread in Gabon and a big contributor to poaching. This lady is from a Baka pygmy village near Menkebe. The Baka have been targeted by crime syndicates and recruited as poachers due to their intimate knowledge of the jungle.

James Morgan / WWF-CANON

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Wildlife Crimes (3 of 47)
Gabon
By James Morgan
23 Jun 2012

In Mekobe village a man rolls the skin of a water cobra. The meat of the snake will be eaten and the skin preserved to hang on his wall. For generations rural Gabonese communities have survived sustainably from bushmeat. But poaching for commercial resale has created an unsustainable demand on large numbers of species.

James Morgan / WWF-CANON

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Wildlife Crimes (2 of 47)
Oua River, Gabon
By James Morgan
23 Jun 2012

Eco guards patrol the Oua river in North West Gabon. Rivers are often used as quick ways to export poached Ivory and other bush meat out of the jungle.

James Morgan / WWF-CANON

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Wildlife Crimes (1 of 47)
Oua River, Gabon
By James Morgan
23 Jun 2012

Eco guards check a dug out canoe on the Oua river. Rivers are often used as quick ways to export poached Ivory and other bush meat out of the jungle.

James Morgan / WWF-CANON

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Women Wrestling (44 of 44)
Bolivia
By James Morgan
03 Jun 2012

Marta La Altena head up the valley towards the main road where a car will take her to the 12 October Stadium for her evening bout. Behind her in the distance can be seen the office blocks of La Paz, Bolivia's literally breath-taking de facto capital.

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Women Wrestling (43 of 44)
Bolivia
By James Morgan
03 Jun 2012

Marta La Altena aka jenny Mamani Herrera prepares for her Sunday evening bout. First job...which bowler hat is going to be the perfect match for her outfit? These distinctive hats, worn by Aymara women, were originally intended for use by railroad workers, but struck a chord with indigenous women instead.

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Women Wrestling (42 of 44)
Bolivia
By James Morgan
03 Jun 2012

Marta la la Altena is helped by her sister as she prepares for her bout that evening.

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Women Wrestling (41 of 44)
Bolivia
By James Morgan
03 Jun 2012

Marta La Altena aka Jenny Mamani Herrera gives her daughter some money to buy groceries with. Her real life personality is a far cry from her evil wrestling persona.

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Women Wrestling (40 of 44)
Bolivia
By James Morgan
03 Jun 2012

Carmen Rojas takes a pinch of Coca Leaf about an hour before she enters the ring. Coca is widely chewed amongst the Aymara and Quechua population. Its practical effects - mental stimulation, appetite suppression and energy are a boon in the ring.

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Women Wrestling (39 of 44)
Bolivia
By James Morgan
03 Jun 2012

Dina La Reina Del Ring, in prayer, before her bout at the 12 Octubre Stadium in El Alto.

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Women Wrestling (38 of 44)
Bolivia
By James Morgan
03 Jun 2012

The Cholita Luchadores spend a lot of time on their appearance prior to entering the ring. There is an air of female camaraderie in the makeshift changing room, before the battles begin, of course.

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Women Wrestling (37 of 44)
Bolivia
By James Morgan
03 Jun 2012

The Polla skirt is one of the most recognisable elements in the Aymara woman's traditional dress. Derived from traditional Spanish costumes of centuries ago, it has become a symbol of indigenous pride.

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Bolivian Female Wrestlers / Multimedia
Bolivia
By James Morgan
03 Jun 2012

Bolivian Wrestlers fight back against the dominant culture of machismo and discrimination. Photo Essay also available: see the image collection here: http://transterramedia.com/collections/928

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Women Wrestling (36 of 44)
Bolivia
By James Morgan
03 Jun 2012

In an early bout, Dina La Reina Del Ring is ambushed by her female opponent's masked male partner. She manages to get the better of both of them - for now.

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Women Wrestling (35 of 44)
Bolivia
By James Morgan
03 Jun 2012

Residents of El Alto riveted by the Sunday afternoon action at the 12 Octubre Stadium. The vast majority of the city's population is indigenous - and poor. The weekly bouts make for an inexpensive family day out.

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Women Wrestling (34 of 44)
Bolivia
By James Morgan
03 Jun 2012

In the last ten years, increasing numbers of indigenous woman have been entering the rings in the outskirts of La Paz, fighting back against the dominant culture of machismo and discrimination.

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Women Wrestling (33 of 44)
Bolivia
By James Morgan
03 Jun 2012

Denita La Intocable exhorts her fans to make some noise during her bout with the evil Marta La Altena.

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Women Wrestling (32 of 44)
Bolivia
By James Morgan
03 Jun 2012

Marta La Altena humiliates her opponent, to the delighted outrage of the crowd.

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Women Wrestling (31 of 44)
Bolivia
By James Morgan
03 Jun 2012

Denita La Intocable addresses her fans after her unfair defeat by the evil Marta La Altena. Wrestlers have loyal supporters, all of which adds to the drama.

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Women Wrestling (30 of 44)
Bolivia
By James Morgan
03 Jun 2012

Maria La Hija de Mr Atlas delivers a forearm smash to her male opponent during a training session at Zona Complejo on the outskirts of El Alto

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Women Wrestling (29 of 44)
Bolivia
By James Morgan
03 Jun 2012

Yolanda La Amorosa jumps in the air during a training session in Zona Complejo, El Alto; her unfortunate opponent will have to break her fall.

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Women Wrestling (28 of 44)
Bolivia
By James Morgan
03 Jun 2012

Mercedes La Extremista leaps from the top rope during a training session in El Alto.

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Women Wrestling (27 of 44)
Bolivia
By James Morgan
03 Jun 2012

Yolanda La Amorosa prepares to body slam her opponent during a training session in a junkyard on the outskirts of El Alto.

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Bolivian Women Wrestling (26 of 44)
Bolivia
By James Morgan
03 Jun 2012

Dina La Reina Del Ring comes to the aid of Denita La Intocable during the latter's bout with bad girl Marta La Altena.

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Women Wrestling (25 of 44)
Bolivia
By James Morgan
03 Jun 2012

The Luchadores Independientes De Extremos Riesgo are competing against the much more famous Titanes Del Ring for the public's affection. They have not been able to secure the same kind of audiences as their competitor, but are determined to go it alone instead of being exploited.

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Women Wrestling (24 of 44)
Bolivia
By James Morgan
03 Jun 2012

A young boy looks on from the bleachers as an evening's wrestling gets underway. Modeled on the much more famous Mexican version, Bolivian Lucha Libre provides an escape from the daily grind with its simple narratives of good versus evil.

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Women Wrestling (23 of 44)
Bolivia
By James Morgan
03 Jun 2012

The wrestlers cool down after their training session. By late afternoon, the temperature is dropping towards freezing. After this, they must pack away the ring to protect it from the elements.

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Women Wrestling (22 of 44)
Bolivia
By James Morgan
03 Jun 2012

Maria La Hija De Mr Atlas hits the canvas as Yolanda La Amorosa prepares to put her in a submission.

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Women Wrestling (21 of 44)
Bolivia
By James Morgan
03 Jun 2012

What Maria La Hija de Mr Atlas lacks in dexterity, she more than makes up for in power. At 41, she's among the oldest of the Cholita Luchadores and she has two children.

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Women Wrestling (20 of 44)
Bolivia
By James Morgan
03 Jun 2012

Yolanda La Amarosa executes the first step in the highly gymnastic 'sesenta y nueve' wrestling move.

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Women Wrestling (19 of 44)
Bolivia
By James Morgan
03 Jun 2012

Mercedes La Extremista delivers a brutal clothesline to her male opponent during a training session in Zona Complejo, El Alto. It's a tough sport, despite the theatrics.

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Women Wrestling (18 of 44)
Bolivia
By James Morgan
03 Jun 2012

View from more than 4000 metres on the edge of El Alto, looking down on La Paz, the highest de facto capital in the world. El Alto was once a suburb of La Paz but has grown enormously over the last two decades as migrants have poured in and residents have had families.

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Women Wrestling (17 of 44)
Bolivia
By James Morgan
03 Jun 2012

Dina La Reina del Ring aka Lydia Flores is 28 years old. She has three children and works as an office cleaner. Her special move is 'La Zanita'

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Women Wrestling (16 of 44)
Bolivia
By James Morgan
03 Jun 2012

Carmen Rojas aka Llovana Huanapaco is 36 years old and has two kids. She's a technical vocation teacher and one of the most famous of the Cholita Luchadores.

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Women Wrestling (15 of 44)
Bolivia
By James Morgan
03 Jun 2012

Marta La Altena poses before her bout . Much effort goes into a wrestler's appearance, though she will likely end the evening in a state of dishevelment.

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Women Wrestling (14 of 44)
Bolivia
By James Morgan
03 Jun 2012

Juanita la Carinosa aka Mary Llanos is one of the key figures in a breakaway group of independent wrestlers who broke away from the most dominant organisation, Los Titanes Del Ring (Titans of the Ring). They claimed that the boss, Juan Mamani, was exploiting them.

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Women Wrestling (13 of 44)
Bolivia
By James Morgan
03 Jun 2012

Yolanda La Amorosa - real name Yolanda Veraluz was one of the first women wrestlers in Bolivia. Her father was a wrestler, but refused to train her when she was a child.