WPY 2017

Photograph Details

Finalist 2017

The Wildlife Photojournalist Award: Single Image

Robin Moore, UK

Handled with care

Just a few hours old, these wild Jamaican iguana hatchlings are some of the rarest lizards in the world. Robin’s endearing photograph was part of a campaign to save these creatures, whose future had been jeopardised by government plans to build in their forest habitat.

Thought to be extinct, these miraculous iguanas were rediscovered in 1990. Since then, their dramatic comeback has been spurred on by a programme that aims to collect young and vulnerable iguanas from wild nests, saving them from predators such as the Indian mongoose. After a few months in captivity the babies will be released back into the wild.

Technical specification

Canon EOS 5D Mark III; 100mm f2.8 lens; 1/200 sec at f5.6; ISO 160; 600EX II-RT and two 580EX Speedlite flashes; Westcott 28” Apollo umbrella-syle softbox.

Portland Bight Protected Area, Jamaica: latitude 17.894209, longitude -76.947 Portland Bight Protected Area, Jamaica: latitude 17.894209, longitude -76.947

Portland Bight Protected Area, Jamaica

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Robin Moore

Robin Moore, UK

Robin is a conservationist, photographer and author. He is a Senior Fellow of the International League of Conservation Photographers, co-founder of Frame of Mind and communications director at Global Wildlife Conservation. He also hosts the No Filter Podcast, which turns the lens on some of today's most influential photographers and photojournalists.