WPY 2015

Photograph Details

Winner 2015

Amphibians and Reptiles

Edwin Giesbers, The Netherlands

Still life

Suspended near the surface, a crested newt pauses to rest in the cold waters of early spring. Sitting in the stream wearing a wetsuit, Edwin gently moved his submerged camera until it was directly under the newt, turning the amphibian into a floating silhouette among trees. Crested newts, alongside other salamander species in the Netherlands, face a grave threat. A skin fungus, similar to one that has killed frogs and toads worldwide, has wiped out fire salamander populations in this area. Scientists are bracing themselves for a collapse of salamander numbers throughout Europe, unless the spread can be stopped.

Technical specification

Canon G15 + 28-140mm f1.8-2.8 lens at 28mm; 1/500 sec at f6.3; ISO 200; Canon housing.


Gelderland, The Netherlands: latitude 52.278976, longitude 5.748081 Gelderland, The Netherlands: latitude 52.278976, longitude 5.748081

Gelderland, The Netherlands

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Edwin Giesbers

Edwin Giesbers, The Netherlands

Edwin is a professional photographer who has been published in BBC Wildlife Magazine, National Geographic, Terre Sauvage and Camera Natura. In 2011 National Geographic commissioned him and Dutch Media to produce a nature photography book in the Netherlands and Belgium. He is a member of the International Environment Photographers Association.

  • Out of the blue
  • Waiting for the sun