Photograph: 2016 Goldman Environmental Prize
Ouch Leng exposes illegal logging and corruption in Prey Lang forest in Cambodia, one of the most dangerous countries in the world for environmental activists.
You could not see the logging camp from the narrow track on the edge of the once vast Prey Lang forest in central Cambodia. But human rights lawyer and forest defender Ouch Leng had recced the location on motorbike, identified its owners, studied aerial pictures from a drone and within minutes of arriving was crawling through the dense undergrowth and tree stumps towards it.
Twenty minutes later Leng was inside the secret timber yard which stretched over several acres and was stacked with hundreds of logs and planks waiting to be taken to China or Vietnam. Some were precious species worth tens of thousands of dollars each. Others were unidentifiable. All, he said, came from protected forest.
He recorded what he could but within minutes of getting into the sawmill, the man who has spent 20 years exposing corruption and greed at the heart of the Cambodian forest industry was running for his life.