WPY 2017

Photograph Details

Finalist 2017

Earth’s Environments

Angiolo Manetti, Italy

Desert canvas

Undeterred by the turbulence shaking his tiny Cessna plane, Angiolo surveyed the beautiful scene unfolding below him. The endless dunes of the Namib Desert glimmered and glowed as the last of the day’s light filtered through the clouds. Each ray illuminated a bewitching pattern, ‘like the painting of a great artist’.

The Namib is one of the world’s biggest and oldest deserts – at least 55 million years old – and is largely devoid of surface water. Yet if you look closely, the smooth contours of the sand are roughened with vegetation. These plants are able to survive on groundwater and moisture from fog swept inland from the coast.

Technical specification

Nikon D7000; 18–200mm f3.5–5.6 lens at 35mm; 1/1600 sec at f9; ISO 800.


Namib-Naukluft National Park, Namibia: latitude -23.135221, longitude 15.151533 Namib-Naukluft National Park, Namibia: latitude -23.135221, longitude 15.151533

Namib-Naukluft National Park, Namibia

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Angiolo Manetti

Angiolo Manetti, Italy

Since 2011 Angiolo has won awards in national and international photographic contests. His work has been published in magazines such as Fotografare, Landscape Photography and National Geographic.