WPY 2016

Photograph Details

Finalist 2016

Reptiles, Amphibians and Fish

Mac Stone, USA

Snappy attitude

Mac approached this imposing individual slowly through the tangled vegetation so as not to spook his subject or stir up clouds of mud. The turtle continued feeding for a while, before shuffling its feet, kicking up a plume of sediment and raising its head, offering Mac a striking front-on view before calmly swimming away.

The common snapping turtle has a reputation for being aggressive and is capable of inflicting a nasty bite. Burying itself in the sand it uses the worm-shaped growth on the tip of its tongue to attract its prey then rapidly extends its head and neck to snap it up with a sharp bite.

Technical specification

Canon EOS 5D Mark III; Sigma 15mm f2.8 lens; 1/80 sec at f9; Aquatica housing; Sea & Sea YS-D1 strobes.


Rainbow River, Florida, USA: latitude 29.073475, longitude -82.44246 Rainbow River, Florida, USA: latitude 29.073475, longitude -82.44246

Rainbow River, Florida, USA

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Mac Stone

Mac Stone, USA

Mac is a conservation photographer from Gainesville, Florida, who grew up exploring the springs, swamps and hammocks with his camera. Through photography, Mac strives to start conversations and expose the dynamic relationship between mankind and the natural world.

  • Swamp heaven
  • Beach guardian