WPY 2015

Photograph Details

Finalist 2015

The Wildlife Photojournalist Award: single image

Karine Aigner, USA

End of the line for tuna

Early morning, and the auctions are in full swing at the fish market. Staff prepare hundreds of longfin tuna, also known as albacore, mechanically severing the heads and tails, gutting them and then packing the tagged bodies into boxes. The fast-flashing knives, Karine noticed, were a macabre reflection of the rows of metallic-blue bodies. Named for their exceptionally long pectoral fins, on the sides of their bodies, longfin tuna can reach impressive speeds of up to 80 kilometres per hour. They also play a key role as top carnivores in their ocean home. Sold as premium canned white-meat, populations are steadily decreasing and many stocks are heavily exploited, nearing a state of overfishing.

Technical specification

Canon EOS 5D Mark III + 24-70mm f2.8 lens at 53mm; 1/250 sec at f2.8; ISO 1250.


Katsuura Port, Kii Peninsula, Japan: latitude 33.629787, longitude 135.94313 Katsuura Port, Kii Peninsula, Japan: latitude 33.629787, longitude 135.94313

Katsuura Port, Kii Peninsula, Japan

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Karine Aigner

Karine Aigner, USA

A widely published freelance photographer and picture editor, Karine’s work is driven by her love of the natural world and its relationship with humans. Formerly senior photo editor of National Geographic Kids and Little Kids, she has a keen sense of storytelling. Karine is an associate fellow of the International League of Conservation Photographers and a seasoned workshop leader.

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