WPY 2013

Photograph Details

Commended 2013

Urban Wildlife

Marcos Sobral, Portugal

Primate moments

Varanasi in northern India is one of the oldest continuously inhabited cities. Over hundreds of years, rhesus macaques have adapted to living alongside the people there, even inhabiting temples, where locals feed them as a form of worship. To show the remarkable way that people and monkeys co-exist, Marcos chose a rooftop view so he could look down on a scene. 'I waited for more than an hour at this spot,' Marcos says, 'holding heavy camera gear, being bitten to bits by mosquitoes', while monkeys hung around eyeing his equipment and the light faded.' At last the scene he was hoping for unfolded. The moment he saw the mother, top right, lifting her baby while a pair of monkeys tended their infant close by, he knew he had the shot.

Technical specification

Nikon D700 + 70-200mm lens; 1/100 sec at f8; ISO 640.


Varanasi, India: latitude 25.3176, longitude 82.9739 Varanasi, India: latitude 25.3176, longitude 82.9739

Varanasi, India

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Marcos Sobral

Marcos Sobral, Portugal

Marcos Sobral was born in 1982 in Lisbon, Portugal. His grandfather was a professional photographer his all life, and Marcos also always felt drawn into photography. In 2004 he added to Barcelona to take a photography course in I.E.F.C. (Institut de Estudis Photographics de Catalunya), where he studied for 3 years, and in the final year he took 3 specializations in Travel photography, Fashion photography and Nude photography. Since then he has published in several worldwide magazines such has National Geographic Viajes, ALTAIR, Blue Travel, among many other, and also won some other prizes, like a first place in the contest BES/Cais in Portugal in 2008 and an Highly Commended Award in the Environmental Photographer Of The Year in 2010, and another Highly Commended Award in the Environmental Photographer Of The Year in 2011.