WPY 2019

Photograph Details

Winner 2019

15-17 Years Old

Riccardo Marchegiani, Italy

Early Riser

Riccardo could not believe his luck when this female gelada walked along the cliff edge where he had been waiting since before sunrise. Keeping a respectful distance, Riccardo composed his shot using a low flash to highlight the gelada’s light brown fur against the distant mountains. The beam also caught the eye of the inquisitive infant clinging to her belly.

A baby gelada will spend the first few weeks of its life being carried around on its mother’s front before moving to her back. Geladas live on the ground and drop down onto ledges in cliff faces for safety when they sleep. Farmland is encroaching on their native grasslands and their habitat is shrinking.

Technical specification

Nikon D800E + 16–35mm f4 lens at 30mm; 1/60 sec at f8; ISO 100; Godox V860II-N flash


Simien Mountains National Park, Ethiopia: latitude 13.298143, longitude 38.263084 Simien Mountains National Park, Ethiopia: latitude 13.298143, longitude 38.263084

Simien Mountains National Park, Ethiopia

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Riccardo Marchegiani

Riccardo Marchegiani, Italy

Riccardo has many interests: culture, philosophy, sport and scuba diving - in addition to photography, video making and any other kind of visual art. He also loves travelling as a way to experience other cultures, make new friends and take photos to express his vision of nature in all its beautiful forms.