WPY 2017

Photograph Details

Finalist 2017

Plants and Fungi

Uge Fuertes Sanz, Spain

Layers of autumn

Uge was drawn to the mountains by the promise of autumn colours. The trees didn’t disappoint, but a sea of teasels stole the show, backlit in the soft evening light. In Uge’s shot, the backdrop of crimson trees falls like a curtain, leaving the audience wondering who the leading players are, as their eyes wander between the planes of focus.

It is the spiny, egg-shaped seedheads that give teasels their name: they were once used as combs to tease out the fibres of wool. These statuesque plants boast bands of vivid purple flowers in summer – attracting pollinators such as bees and long-tongued flies – followed by a bounty of seeds through autumn and winter.

Technical specification

Canon EOS 5D Mark III; Tamron 150–600mm f5–6.3 lens at 250mm; 1/800 sec at f5.6; ISO 640.


Albarracín, Teruel, Spain: latitude 40.407642, longitude -1.443903 Albarracín, Teruel, Spain: latitude 40.407642, longitude -1.443903

Albarracín, Teruel, Spain

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Uge Fuertes Sanz, Spain

Uge is a member of SFT (Turolense Land Photographic Society), ASAFONA (Aragonese Association of Nature Photographers) and AEFONA (Spanish Association of Nature Photographers). He has received recognition in many wildlife photography contests including Wildlife Photographer of the Year, Asferico, GDT (the Society of German Nature Phtographers) European Photographer of the Year, Golden Turtle and Glanzlichter.

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