WPY 2018

Photograph Details

Highly commended 2018

Earth’s Environments

Denis Budkov, Russia

Inner Fire

Plosky Tolbachik volcano stopped erupting in 2013. Yet five years later, molten rock was still glowing as Denis picked his way through the lava field. Suddenly, the heat stopped him in his tracks – getting closer was out of the question. As the Sun set, he framed his shot, the dramatic clouds and glowing fissure in the lava tube reflecting the same deep pink.

With around 300 volcanoes, 20 of which are active, the Kamchatka Peninsula is one of the most volcanically active areas in the world. In the north is Plosky Tolbachik, a volcano with a history of eruptions stretching back thousands of years. The most recent episode lasted a year and left a lava plateau 50 metres thick.

Technical specification

Canon EOS 5D Mark III + 24–70mm lens at 32mm + ND graduated filter; 1 sec at f10; ISO 1000; Manfrotto tripod + Benro ballhead


Kamchatka Peninsula, Russia: latitude 55.758057, longitude 160.3223 Kamchatka Peninsula, Russia: latitude 55.758057, longitude 160.3223

Kamchatka Peninsula, Russia

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Denis was born and lives in Kamchatka, Russia. He has won and been a finalist in several Russian and international photography contests.

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