WPY 2016

Photograph Details

Finalist 2016


Juan Jesús González Ahumada, Spain

Refinery refuge

Juan found the ideal vantage point to photograph the nesting storks by this refinery, but the image was missing something. Returning several times, a gathering storm and night fall provided the perfect backdrop for the two stork nests, contrasting the blazing lights of the refinery with the dark clouds looming behind.

It may be noisy, polluted and constantly light, but these white storks call this refinery home. With fewer large trees around to support their huge almost two-metre-wide nests, pylons, roofs or other human-made structures have become vital nest sites. However, these sites do mean a continuous threat of electrocution from collisions with power lines.

Technical specification

Canon EOS 6D; 70-200mm f4 lens and 1.4x extender at 208mm; 10 sec at f7.1; ISO 100; Manfrotto tripod.

San Roque, Andalucia, Spain: latitude 36.20904, longitude -5.396878 San Roque, Andalucia, Spain: latitude 36.20904, longitude -5.396878

San Roque, Andalucia, Spain

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Juan Jesús González Ahumada

Juan Jesús González Ahumada, Spain

Juan Jesus has spent almost 20 years photographing and studying animal behaviour. He is passionate about wildlife, having been in regular contact with nature while growing up in the countryside. Juan Jesus is self-taught, learning from books and by experimenting with his camera.

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