WPY 2015

Photograph Details

Finalist 2015


Frank Abbott, USA

Cormorant cityscape

‘With a wheelchair full of me and camera equipment, off I went into the salt marsh – the afterglow clock ticking,’ says Frank, who sustained a spinal cord injury while diving. Tripod firmly grounded, Frank increased the exposure to give the water an ethereal quality, and became so absorbed he didn’t notice his chair had sunk into the marsh almost up to its axles. These pier remnants are a resting and roosting site for coastal birds such as these double-crested cormorants, plus the odd brown pelican and great egret, shown second and third from the right. After feeding, cormorants rest to dry their feathers, which hold water to reduce buoyancy, helping them dive to 10 metres or more in pursuit of prey.

Technical specification

Nikon D800 + 300mm f2.8 lens; 1/15 sec at f22; ISO 320; remote shutter release; Induro tripod.

Gulf Breeze, Florida, USA: latitude 30.379276, longitude -87.056526 Gulf Breeze, Florida, USA: latitude 30.379276, longitude -87.056526

Gulf Breeze, Florida, USA

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Frank Abbott

Frank Abbott, USA

Frank is a doctor and photographer. Having sustained a spinal cord injury during a scuba dive in the early 1980s, the majority of his photographs are taken from the front seat of his car, boat or wheelchair. He now devotes his time fully to photography, and aims to master large-format digital landscape photography using a specially built four-wheel drive wheelchair.