Children: Let Them Amaze You
From the age of five
Carlos Pérez Naval took up photography as a profession at the age of five. Now, at the age of eight, he has won the top prize as Young Wildlife Photographer in the Ten and Under category in the annual competition sponsored by the Natural History Museum in London. Here is his winning photo:
Here is the description from the Wildlife Photographer of the Year:
This common yellow scorpion is flourishing its sting as a warning. Carlos had found it basking on a flat stone in a rocky area near his home in Torralba de los Sisones, northeast Spain – a place he often visits to look for reptiles. The late afternoon Sun was casting such a lovely glow over the scene that Carlos decided to experiment with a double exposure for the first time so he could include it. He started with the background, using a fast speed so as not to overexpose the Sun, and then shot the scorpion using a low flash. But he had to change lenses, using his zoom for the Sun, which is when the scorpion noticed the movement and raised its tail. Carlos then had to wait for it to settle before taking his close-up, with the last of the light illuminating its body.
Here is a link to the National Geographic which ran an article about three of their veteran photographers who won in various categories. In fact, the top prize overall went to Michael Nichols, for his stunning black and white image of a pride of lions resting atop a rocky slope.