WPY 2016

Photograph Details

Finalist 2016

Reptiles, Amphibians and Fish

Cyril Ruoso, France

Newt style

Cyril was in heaven when he found the rare male marbled newt in this small pond on a spring day with good light, clear water and few predators around. As the newt paused just below the surface amongst the stems ‘like a dinosaur in a meadow,’ Cyril captured this golden portrait.

Marbled newts, although common across the border in Spain, are the rarest amphibian in the region of Burgundy, France, where they are locally endangered. During the breeding season, the male displays its distinctive, striped crest that stands tall and smooth along the length of its mottled back.

Technical specification

Canon EOS 5D; 14mm f2.8 lens; 1/13 sec at f18; ISO 100; Ikelite housing; two Ikelite DS160 strobes; remote shutter release.


Yonne, Burgundy, France: latitude 47.054443, longitude 4.376733 Yonne, Burgundy, France: latitude 47.054443, longitude 4.376733

Yonne, Burgundy, France

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Cyril Ruoso

Cyril Ruoso, France

Cyril has travelled the world in search of stories for 20 years. His first encounter with the Borneo orangutan influenced his work by giving pride of place to primates. He also focuses on species too often considered trivial - this is the idea behind the project "Planet Frog".

  • Cold embrace
  • Tiny warm-up
  • Puddle of procreation