WPY 2015

Photograph Details

Finalist 2015

15–17 Years Old

Marc Albiac, Spain

A genet feat of a leap

Marc, his father and two friends began leaving food out each night hoping to entice genets to visit. They succeeded, and slowly over four months this energetic character gained enough confidence to approach. Using a double exposure, Marc created a perfect portrait combining stars and poise. Despite being adapted to living in trees, genets, which are solitary, nocturnal relatives of the mongoose, often hunt and forage on the ground, their colouration helping to camouflage them on moonlit nights. Specialised in hunting small mammals, they were kept as rat catchers in Europe until superseded by domestic cats in the Middle Ages.

Technical specification

Canon EOS 5D Mark III + 17-40mm f4 lens; 15 sec at f4; ISO 1600; x4 flashes; tripod.


Serra de Collserola, Barcelona, Spain: latitude 41.439648, longitude 2.100801 Serra de Collserola, Barcelona, Spain: latitude 41.439648, longitude 2.100801

Serra de Collserola, Barcelona, Spain

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Marc Albiac

Marc Albiac, Spain

Marc began taking pictures of wildlife, mainly mammals, when he was seven years old, and has since worked on macro and landscape photography. In addition to travelling around Spain, he has visited Ireland, England, Italy and France in pursuit of his hobby.

  • Angle poise
  • Boar crossing