WPY 2010

Photograph Details

Highly commended 2010

In Praise of Plants and Fungi

Jordi Busqué, Spain

Salt-desert cacti

Salar de Uyuni, Bolivia, is one of the more extraordinary places on the planet. At 3656 metres (11,995 feet) above sea level in the Andes, it's not only the world's largest salt pan, visible from outer space, but also one of the flattest places on Earth. Huge pasacana cacti grow there, some hundreds of years old and more than 10 metres (33 feet) high. 'I wanted to show just how vast, silent and otherworldly a place this is,' says Jordi. He chose to photograph them in the soft light of sunrise. A shimmer of water left over from the rainy season makes the small mountain seem to float on the horizon - a mountain that is made from fossilized coral, adding geological intrigue to the place.

Technical specification

Nikon D300 + 18-200mm VR lens; 1/125 sec at f11; ISO 200.


Isla del Pescado, Salar de Uyuni, Bolivia: latitude -20.143057, longitude -67.8075 Isla del Pescado, Salar de Uyuni, Bolivia: latitude -20.143057, longitude -67.8075

Isla del Pescado, Salar de Uyuni, Bolivia

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Jordi Busqué, Spain