WPY 2010

Photograph Details

Winner 2010

One Earth Award

Jordi Chias, Spain

Turtle in trouble

It's an image that communicates in one emotive hit the damage being done to the world's oceans. Jordi came across this desperate scene when sailing between Barcelona and the Balearic Islands, hoping to photograph dolphins. 'I spotted the abandoned net drifting along the surface,' says Jordi. As he dived down to investigate, he could see the loggerhead turtle tangled up in the netting. 'The poor creature must have been trapped for some days, it was so badly knotted up.' Though it could just reach the surface to breathe by extending its neck, it was still sentenced to a long, cruel death. 'I felt as though it were looking at me for help as it tried to bite through the netting.' Jordi released it, allowing one individual a second chance. Given that all species of sea turtles are endangered, they need all the help they can get.

Technical specification

Nikon D300 + Tokina Fisheye 10-17mm f3.5-4.5 DX lens; 1/160 sec at f14; ISO 200; housing; Inon strobes.


Off the Spanish coast, Mediterranean Sea: latitude 39.1228, longitude 0.733557 Off the Spanish coast, Mediterranean Sea: latitude 39.1228, longitude 0.733557

Off the Spanish coast, Mediterranean Sea

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Jordi Chias, Spain

Jordi is a freelance photojournalist specialising in underwater and marine themes. His work includes extreme sports, such as cave diving, as well as travel and nature photography. With a growing library of thousands of images, his pictures are published regularly in international books and magazines and have been recognised many times in the Wildlife Photographer of the Year Competition.

  • Turtle gem