Life in the Balance

Jaime Culebras's Image

Jaime walked for four hours to reach this location, determined to share his passion for glass frogs. He was thrilled to catch sight of one eating a spider, its eyes like shimmering mosaics. Serenaded by a frog chorus in torrential rain, Jaime claimed the first-ever picture of this species feeding.

Distinguished by the yellow spots on its back and the lack of webbing between its fingers, the Manduriacu frog is found only in a small area in the foothills of the Andes. It is threatened by habitat loss and environmental contamination associated with cattle ranching, agriculture and mining. This frog could soon face extinction.

Behind the lens

Jaime Culebras

Jaime Culebras


Jaime has a bachelor's in biology, an MSc in environmental education and an MSc in biodiversity and conservation of tropical areas. He has been living in Ecuador for over nine years, where he works as a reptile and amphibian researcher and nature photographer. He has won numerous photography and conservation awards.

Image details

  • Sony ILCE-7M3
  • 90mm f2.8 lens
  • 1/100 sec at f16  •   ISO 320  •   Yongnuo flash + trigger  •   softbox
  • Río Manduriacu Reserve, Imbabura, Ecuador
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