WPY 2014

Photograph Details

Winner 2014

Amphibians and Reptiles

Raviprakash S S, India

Divine snake

During the Indian monsoon season, green vine snakes often venture near houses. In this case one slithered just a few metres away from Raviprakash’s front door in Karnataka, in the heart of the Western Ghats. The snakes are attracted by the lizards and frogs that shelter among the vegetables and flowers in his garden. In the past two or three years he has ‘mastered the skill of identifying them amid a mass of green’. This snake appeared to be a plant at first glance – it was even swaying in the breeze. ‘A vine snake tends to spend a considerable amount of time in the same location,’ says Raviprakash. ‘It will wait for prey with divine concentration,’ before freezing in position once it has its prey in sight. The main challenge was to show the snake from this unusual perspective, without disturbing its concentration. Raviprakash says, ‘The green vine snake is one of the most beautiful creatures I have ever seen. Each time I photograph one, it looks ever more beautiful.’

Technical specification

Nikon D5000 + 85mm lens; 1/400 sec at f6.3; ISO 200.


Hosahalli, Koppa, Chickmagalur District, Karnataka, India: latitude 13.4246, longitude 75.328 Hosahalli, Koppa, Chickmagalur District, Karnataka, India: latitude 13.4246, longitude 75.328

Hosahalli, Koppa, Chickmagalur District, Karnataka, India

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Raviprakash S S, India

As a child, Raviprakash was enthralled by the diverse wildlife around his home in the Western Ghats, India, and longed to hold on to the moments of beauty that he observed in nature. So his father bought him a camera and his photographic journey began. Now with a career as a software engineer, his passion for photography continues, most recently exploring macro techniques.