WPY 2016

Photograph Details

Finalist 2016

Black and White

Agorastos Papatsanis, Greece

Fairy-tale forest

The enchanting tales that surround mushrooms inspired Agorastos to create this ethereal picture. He used black-and-white to celebrate the graceful forms and alignment, and a vintage lens and wide aperture to achieve the dreamy background. By placing only two mushrooms in focus, Agorastos is ‘inviting you to step inside the fairy-tale’.

Most of the parasol mushroom fungus is hidden underground, with vast networks of hyphae stretching beneath the forest floor. When it comes to starting the next generation, the fungus sends up these spindly mushrooms. Their egg-shaped caps gradually flatten and release their spores.

Technical specification

Nikon D600; Meyer Primoplan 58mm f1.9 lens; 1/250 sec at f1.9; ISO 100.


Deskati, Grevena, Greece: latitude 39.924915, longitude 21.809855 Deskati, Grevena, Greece: latitude 39.924915, longitude 21.809855

Deskati, Grevena, Greece

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Agorastos Papatsanis

Agorastos Papatsanis, Greece

Agorastos is a professional photographer based in Thessaloniki, Northern Greece. His work is mainly focuses on photographing wild mushrooms, the subject of his unique photography collection, Fascinating Mushrooms of Europe. He has won numerous awards in major photographic competitions and his photographs have published in National Geographic.

  • Magic mushrooms