WPY 2016

Photograph Details

Finalist 2016


Theo Allofs, Germany

Flamingo veil

Theo headed up a steep, rough track to get to the lake. Next morning at sunrise, he took off with his powered paraglider, one hand on the brake, the other holding his camera. Below him, flamingos feeding in the shallows left trails ‘like beautiful veils’ in the muddy water, creating their ephemeral design.

With a specialised bill, containing up to 10,000 thin plates, the lesser flamingo filters microscopic algae and other plankton from the alkaline-saline lakes of east Africa’s Great Rift Valley. Food is plentiful and so these sociable birds gather in flocks for protection from predators and to raise their young.

Technical specification

Canon EOS-1Ds Mark III; Zeiss 35mm f2 lens; 1/250 sec at f7.1; ISO 200.

Lake Logipi, Kenya: latitude 2.175894, longitude 36.53236 Lake Logipi, Kenya: latitude 2.175894, longitude 36.53236

Lake Logipi, Kenya

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Theo Allofs

Theo Allofs, Germany

Theo has been a professional nature photographer since 1995. His work has been published in National Geographic magazine, Smithsonian, Time Magazine, the New York Times, Newsweek and GEO. He is the author of seven books, including coffee table books about the Yukon, Namibia, Australia and the Pantanal. In 2011, he started specialising in aerial photography with a powered paraglider.