WPY 2019

Photograph Details

Highly Commended 2019

Wildlife Photojournalism

Bence Máté, Hungary

A Sickening Delicacy

These common frogs and toads have been left to die in a pool of bloody water and frogspawn. Their hind legs have been severed and gathered by hunters, the cuts sometimes causing their lungs to spill out. Bence was shocked at the callous and brutal method of removing the legs while the amphibians were still alive.

When frogs and toads gather in large numbers to reproduce they are easily harvested. In the EU, while the capture of wild frogs is regulated, scenes like this still occur. Frogs’ legs are a delicacy and it is estimated that over one billion wild and farmed frogs are killed every year to meet the demand.

Technical specification

Panasonic Lumix DC-G9 + 12–60mm f2.8–4.0 lens; 1/200 sec at f6.3; ISO 1000


Covasna, Romania : latitude 45.90169, longitude 26.02914 Covasna, Romania : latitude 45.90169, longitude 26.02914

Covasna, Romania

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Bence Máté

Bence Máté, Hungary

Bence is a wildlife photographer from Hungary. Since 2008 he has been designing wildlife photography hides around the world, including in Hungary, Costa Rica, Brazil, Norway, South Africa and Transylvania (Romania). He was named Wildlife Photographer of the Year in 2010.

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