WPY 2012

Photograph Details

Commended 2012

World in Our Hands

Huang-Ju Chen, Taiwan

The dolphin show

Wandering behind the scenes at a Japanese aquarium, where captive dolphins perform for the paying public, Huang-Ju came across this scene. ‘I saw the workers scrubbing the tank,’ he says, ‘but then I suddenly realised there were dolphins lying in the drained pool.’ It was a stark reminder of how different life in a sterile aquarium is to a dolphin’s natural ocean habitat. ‘I was shocked,’ says Huang-Ju, ‘at how the staff ignored the dolphins and didn’t seem to be in any hurry to refill the pool.’ Such captivity seemed a high price for the animal to pay just for human entertainment.

Technical specification

Fujifilm FinePix S5 Pro + Nikon DX 17-55mm f2.8G lens; 1/285 sec at f5.6 (+1.3 e/v); ISO 125.


Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium, Okinawa, Japan: latitude 26.694159, longitude 127.87793 Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium, Okinawa, Japan: latitude 26.694159, longitude 127.87793

Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium, Okinawa, Japan


Huang-Ju Chen, Taiwan