WPY 2018

Photograph Details

Highly commended 2018

Plants and Fungi

Antonio Fernandez, Spain

Forest on a Tree

Huge branches hung eerily in the mist of the forest, and among them was this one hanging from a tilo tree. ‘With ferns growing all along it,’ says Antonio, ‘it was like a forest within a forest’. The breeze stirred up the fog, frustrating Antonio’s desire for a uniformly intense background. But then it dropped, and his simple composition stood out against pure white.

The mighty tilo tree can reach more than 40 metres tall, and only grows in Madeira and the Canary Islands. Most of the miniature forest on this branch is the hare’s foot fern, with broad, finely divided fronds. Like other epiphytic plants it takes water and nutrients from the air, rain or plant debris and relies on the branch for support.

Technical specification

Nikon D810 + Nikon 70–200mm f2.8 lens at 185mm; 1/20 sec at f10; ISO 250; Benro tripod + Arca-Swiss head

Fanal Forest, Madeira, Portugal: latitude 32.811695, longitude -17.14375 Fanal Forest, Madeira, Portugal: latitude 32.811695, longitude -17.14375

Fanal Forest, Madeira, Portugal

Intellectual property rights to all WPY images are retained by the photographers. Reproduction without prior written consent constitutes an actionable infringement. For usage enquiries please contact us.

Sign up to receive emails from the Natural History Museum about events and exhibitions, including Wildlife Photographer of the Year.

Antonio Fernandez

Antonio Fernandez, Spain

Antonio is a photographer of Spanish nature. He aims to reflect his artistic vision of natural fragments, with special creative focus on light, details, shapes and colours. His work has been awarded in several international photography competitions.