WPY 2018

Photograph Details

Highly commended 2018

Creative Visions

Theo Bosboom, The Netherlands

Simple Beauty

Theo discovered this collection of algae in a small rock pool on an exposed beach. Experimenting with different focal lengths, and using a polarising filter to avoid reflections, he waited for calm waters before he captured this simple, subtle composition. For Theo, the image shows ‘the simple beauty of structures and patterns created by nature’.

Wracks are a type of marine alga that contain a series of spherical air bladders, providing buoyancy. This allows the plant to float nearer to the water’s surface in order to catch stronger rays of sunlight. In areas with turbulent waves, some wracks have developed fewer air bladders so as to reduce buoyancy and therefore protect themselves.

Technical specification

Canon EOS 5DS + 70–200mm f2.8 lens at 125mm + polarizing filter; 1/4 sec at f14; ISO 200; Gitzo tripod + Really Right Stuff ballhead


Isle of Lewis, Scotland: latitude 58.164917, longitude -7.088972 Isle of Lewis, Scotland: latitude 58.164917, longitude -7.088972

Isle of Lewis, Scotland

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Theo Bosboom

Theo Bosboom, The Netherlands

In 2013 Theo turned his back on a legal career to pursue his dream of being a professional photographer. His photographs have been published in magazines such as National Geographic (Dutch), GEO, Outdoor Photography and BBC Wildlife. He has won numerous awards in international photography competitions and has published two photo books: Iceland Pure and Dreams of Wilderness.

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