WPY 2014

Photograph Details

Young Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2014

Grand title winner

Winner 2014

10 Years and Under

Carlos Perez Naval, Spain

Stinger in the sun

This common yellow scorpion is flourishing its sting as a warning. Carlos had found it basking on a flat stone in a rocky area near his home in Torralba de los Sisones, northeast Spain – a place he often visits to look for reptiles. The late afternoon Sun was casting such a lovely glow over the scene that Carlos decided to experiment with a double exposure for the first time so he could include it. He started with the background, using a fast speed so as not to overexpose the Sun, and then shot the scorpion using a low flash. But he had to change lenses, using his zoom for the Sun, which is when the scorpion noticed the movement and raised its tail. Carlos then had to wait for it to settle before taking his close-up, with the last of the light illuminating its body.

Technical specification

Nikon D300 + 105mm f2.8 lens (28–300mm lens for the background); 1/320 sec at f10; ISO 320; flash.


Torralba de los Sisones, Teruel, Spain: latitude 40.8964, longitude -1.41704 Torralba de los Sisones, Teruel, Spain: latitude 40.8964, longitude -1.41704

Torralba de los Sisones, Teruel, Spain

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Carlos Perez Naval

Carlos Perez Naval, Spain

Carlos has been taking photographs since he was five. He has won prizes in Spain, Italy and France, and was named Young Wildlife Photographer of the Year in 2014. He loves nature and spends as much time as possible photographing the plants and animals near his home in Spain.

  • To drink or not
  • Summer days
  • A delicate balance
  • Peck and peek