WPY 2018

Photograph Details

Winner 2018

Urban Wildlife

Marco Colombo, Italy

Crossing Paths

As Marco drove through the village late one evening he spotted a rare Marsican brown bear in the road. Immediately, he switched off his engine and lights so as not to disturb it, and watched as the bear strode across the street. With just seconds to spare he managed to photograph the female through the windscreen before it slipped into the shadows.

Marsican bears are an isolated and critically endangered sub-species of brown bear. With their habitat fragmented and threatened, they often come into contact with humans as they raid vegetable gardens and orchards to prepare for winter hibernation. Sadly on rare occasions humans poison them in retaliation.

Technical specification

Nikon D700 + 28–70mm lens at 70mm; 1/50 sec at f4; ISO 6400; MaGear harness


The National Park of Abruzzo, Lazio and Molise, Italy: latitude 41.790928, longitude 13.851281 The National Park of Abruzzo, Lazio and Molise, Italy: latitude 41.790928, longitude 13.851281

The National Park of Abruzzo, Lazio and Molise, Italy

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Marco Colombo

Marco Colombo, Italy

Marco is a professional wildlife photographer and holds nature conferences and photography workshops. He works with schools, in regional parks and as a scientific consultant for an Italian TV nature programme. His photos have been awarded in many international wildlife photography contests.

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