WPY 2010

Photograph Details

Highly commended 2010

Urban Wildlife

Olivier Puccia, France

Sunset moment

Squeezed out of their forest homes by deforestation and the spread of human habitation, Hanuman langurs have become part of urban life in many parts of India. Revering them as the reincarnation of their Hindu monkey-like deity Hanuman, locals often feed them. Olivier visited a hilltop temple - a Hanuman langur hotspot - overlooking Ramtek in Maharashtra, western India. As the sun began to set, he tried to find the highest point from which to admire the glorious scene. Just below, this mother and baby were wrapped in each other's arms, staring across the valley. 'It was a touching moment,' says Olivier, 'as though they were appreciating the sunset together.'

Technical specification

Canon EOS 5D Mark II + EF 16-35mm f2.8 lens; 1/160 sec at f3.5; ISO 200.


Ramtek, Maharashtra, India: latitude 21.392862, longitude 79.32684 Ramtek, Maharashtra, India: latitude 21.392862, longitude 79.32684

Ramtek, Maharashtra, India


Olivier Puccia, France