WPY 2016

Photograph Details

Finalist 2016

15–17 Years Old

Destin Wernicke, USA

Sand-napping

‘I love the innocent look of this animal,’ Destin says. Captivated by the playful Galápagos sea lions, it was unusual to find one dozing on the sand like this. Just as Destin approached, the young male momentarily opened its eyes just long enough to capture this portrait.

Floreana Island in the Galápagos Islands is one of only two places in Ecuador where Galápagos sea lions live. Populations of these endangered creatures have increased since hunting was banned. However, their inquisitive nature brings them closer to people and the dangers of fishing equipment, disease and human waste.

Technical specification

Canon Powershot G9; 1/30 sec at f4.8; ISO 80.


Floreana Island, Galápagos Islands, Ecuador: latitude -1.307071, longitude -90.43174 Floreana Island, Galápagos Islands, Ecuador: latitude -1.307071, longitude -90.43174

Floreana Island, Galápagos Islands, Ecuador

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Destin Wernicke

Destin Wernicke, USA

Destin became interested in photography because his mother takes a camera everywhere. He tries to look at the world in different ways and come up with his own artistic techniques. He turned to wildlife photography because of the challenges of capturing the beauty of animals in their natural habitat.