WPY 2011

Photograph Details

Highly commended 2011

Urban Wildlife

Emanuele Biggi, Italy

Night prowler

Riomaggiore, a village on the Italian Riviera and within the Cinque Terre National Park, is a popular tourist destination. Emanuele wanted to use it as the setting for a picture that would show how nature can coexist with humans. 'I'd been searching all day and much of the evening for that perfect picture,' says Emanuele. 'Only when walking back up the beach to go to bed did I find it.' He set up his tripod and flashes and angled the shot to show the alert little hunter against the backdrop of the sleeping village. 'Some people think Moorish geckos are ugly and even dangerous,' he says, 'but they are our friends, eating tons of insects each night, including mosquitoes.'

Technical specification

Nikon D3S + Sigma 15mm f2.8 lens; 2 sec at f10; ISO 400; SB-R200 macro speedlight; tripod.


Riomaggiore harbour, Cinque Terre National Park, Italy: latitude 44.099, longitude 9.73748 Riomaggiore harbour, Cinque Terre National Park, Italy: latitude 44.099, longitude 9.73748

Riomaggiore harbour, Cinque Terre National Park, Italy

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Emanuele Biggi, Italy