WPY 2015

Photograph Details

Winner 2015

From the Sky

Pere Soler, Spain

The art of algae

This park is famous for attracting huge flocks of migrating birds. Pere was there for the birds, but also for another spring phenomenon, only fully visible from the air. In late spring, parts of the marshes burst with intense colour, creating a rich tapestry of textures and patterns. As the temperature warms and the salinity changes, the wetlands see the bright green of seaweed mix with a multicoloured microalgae bloom. White salt deposits, brown and orange sediments coloured by sulphate-loving bacteria and iron oxide add to the riot. The full display usually lasts only a few weeks in May or June.

Technical specification

Canon EOS 5D Mark III + 70-200mm f4 lens at 70mm; 1/1000 sec at f5.6; ISO 200.


Bahía de Cádiz Natural Park, Andalucia, Spain: latitude 36.440556, longitude -6.181806 Bahía de Cádiz Natural Park, Andalucia, Spain: latitude 36.440556, longitude -6.181806

Bahía de Cádiz Natural Park, Andalucia, Spain

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Pere Soler

Pere Soler, Spain

Pere is a nature and travel photographer who has travelled to Iceland, Madagascar, Kenya, Norway, the Canary Islands, the Balearic Islands, France, Turkey, Italy, Tunisia, Egypt and Scotland for his work. He has focused on landscapes in recent years, and is always looking for the best light and angle to get his shots.