WPY 2018

Photograph Details

Highly commended 2018

Earth’s Environments

Paul Mckenzie, Ireland / Hong Kong

Delta Design

‘I love images where nature can be depicted as art,’ says Paul. At first glance you might think this is an image of a fern. But it is actually an intricate river delta. As his small plane flew over the scene one final time, Paul framed his shot through the open door, battling against turbulence to capture nature’s silt and water composition.

Flowing south through Kenya, the Southern Ewaso Ng’iro River empties into the salt-rich waters of Lake Natron, a major breeding site for hundreds of thousands of lesser flamingos. The birds rely on the river’s fresh water for drinking, as well as for cleaning the hypersaline lake water from their feathers.

Technical specification

Canon EOS 5D Mark IV + 24–105mm f4 lens at 32mm; 1/5000 sec at f4; ISO 400


Southern Ewaso Ng'iro River delta Lake Natron, Tanzania: latitude -2.13691, longitude 36.05101 Southern Ewaso Ng'iro River delta Lake Natron, Tanzania: latitude -2.13691, longitude 36.05101

Southern Ewaso Ng'iro River delta Lake Natron, Tanzania

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Paul Mckenzie

Paul Mckenzie, Ireland / Hong Kong

Paul is a semi-professional photographer based in Hong Kong, where he has lived most of his life. He has been photographing wildlife for 20 years - on land, from the air and underwater. He is widely published and leads photographic workshops primarily in Africa, Asia and Australia.

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