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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