WPY 2017

Photograph Details

Finalist 2017

11–14 Years Old

Laura Albiac Vilas, Spain

Glimpse of a lynx

Laura travelled to the Sierra de Andújar Nature Park with her family to follow her dream of seeing wild Iberian lynx. On their second day, a pair were relaxing just 15 metres from the road. Laura watched for an hour and half in total silence. ‘I felt huge respect to be so close to them and to observe them so peacefully,’ says Laura.

One of the world’s most endangered felines, the Iberian lynx is only found in two small populations in southern Spain. Unlike the larger European lynx, Iberian lynx feed almost entirely on rabbits and need open scrub to breed. Thanks to intensive conservation efforts, populations have recently started to recover, but continued action is still essential.

Technical specification

Canon EOS 5D Mark III; Canon 500mm f4 lens; 1/250 sec at f4; ISO 1600


Sierra de Andújar Nature Park, Jaén, Spain: latitude 38.297005, longitude -4.040459 Sierra de Andújar Nature Park, Jaén, Spain: latitude 38.297005, longitude -4.040459

Sierra de Andújar Nature Park, Jaén, Spain

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Laura Albiac Vilas

Laura Albiac Vilas, Spain

Laura began taking photographs when she was five years old. Her favourite place to take pictures is Ancares, in the mountains of León in northern Spain, which she visits every year with her family.