WPY 2017

Photograph Details

Finalist 2017

Behaviour: Amphibians and Reptiles

Ingo Arndt, Germany

Night of the turtles

Ingo was in Costa Rica for three weeks, but the conditions he needed – an arribada (a mass arrival of turtles) and enough light to capture the spectacle – only combined on one night. Tracing their paths with a four-second exposure in the dim blue of the night, he portrayed hundreds of turtles dragging themselves up the sand.

The greatest arribadas occur in the rainy season, often on the darkest nights, a few days before a new moon. Hundreds of thousands of female olive ridley turtles haul themselves up their natal beaches to dig nests in the sand and lay their eggs. A million eggs can be laid on the beaches of this reserve each year.

Technical specification

Canon EOS-1D X; 70–200mm f2.8 lens at 135mm; 4 sec at f16; ISO 12800; Gitzo tripod.


Ostional National Wildlife Refuge, Costa Rica: latitude 9.99701, longitude -85.70189 Ostional National Wildlife Refuge, Costa Rica: latitude 9.99701, longitude -85.70189

Ostional National Wildlife Refuge, Costa Rica

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Ingo Arndt

Ingo Arndt, Germany

Since childhood Ingo has spent all of his free time outdoors. After finishing school he became a professional photographer. He travels the globe photographing animals and their habitats, and his work is published in magazines such as GEO, National Geographic and BBC Wildlife. Ingo has received numerous awards, including from Wildlife Photographer of the Year, GDT (the Society of German Nature Photographers) and World Press Photo.

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