WPY 2018

Photograph Details

Winner 2018

Animals in Their Environment

Cristobal Serrano, Spain

Bed of Seals

The sea was relatively calm when Cristobal launched his drone from a small rubber dinghy in the Errera Channel of the Antarctic Peninsula. Rising above the sea, the drone revealed a small ice floe spilling over with crabeater seals. Part of the ice was splattered red with their excrement – the digested remains of their favourite food, krill.

Crabeater seals are gregarious, and if space allows they will cluster on ice floes in their hundreds. The seals are dependent on the ice – they rest and breed on top of it, but also feed on the krill that shelter underneath. As a result, a decline in sea ice not only strips these seals of places to haul themselves out of the water but also threatens the availability of their food supply.

Technical specification

DJI Phantom 4 Pro Plus; 8.8–24mm (35mm-format equiv); f2.8–11 lens; 1/200 sec at f5.6; ISO 100

Errera Channel, Antarctic Peninsula : latitude -64.67557, longitude -62.65791 Errera Channel, Antarctic Peninsula : latitude -64.67557, longitude -62.65791

Errera Channel, Antarctic Peninsula

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Cristobal Serrano

Cristobal Serrano, Spain

Cristobal's passion for photography stemmed from his early love of nature and a desire to transmit knowledge and understanding to promote the conservation of the living world. All of his photographic work has a common concept, summarised as 'the art of creation is the art of nature'.

  • The Ice Pool
  • Rhythm of the blues