WPY 2016

Photograph Details

Finalist 2016


Thomas P Peschak, Germany/South Africa


One evening Thomas noticed this crab outside a derelict building. With the crab just outside the frame of view, Thomas used his torch to project its silhouette onto the wall. A remote-controlled flash illuminated the surroundings and biologist Otto Whitehead. ‘Another crab scuttled into view,’ says Thomas ‘and it completed the shot’.

The Seychelles’ remote Aldabra Atoll is one of the last bastions of the coconut crab in the western Indian Ocean. This species gets its name from its penchant for coconuts, which it cracks open with its powerful claws. Spanning up to a metre across and weighing up to three kilogrammes, it is the world’s largest terrestrial arthropod.

Technical specification

Nikon D3S; 17-35mm f2.8 lens at 20mm; 2 sec at f6.3; ISO 3200; LED flashlight and head torch and Profoto B1 flash; remote release.

Aldabra Atoll, Seychelles, Indian Ocean: latitude -9.430196, longitude 46.34326 Aldabra Atoll, Seychelles, Indian Ocean: latitude -9.430196, longitude 46.34326

Aldabra Atoll, Seychelles, Indian Ocean

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Thomas P Peschak, Germany/South Africa

Thomas is an assignment photographer for National Geographic Magazine. He has written and photographed five books and won multiple Wildlife Photographer of the Year and World Press Photo awards. He is a speaker for the National Geographic Live series and in 2015 he gave a TED talk titled Dive Into an Ocean Photographer's World.

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