Trailblazer by Christian Wappl
Highly Commended – Macro category
Image title: Trailblazer
Photographer: Christian Wappl
Equipment used: Canon EOS 5DS + Canon EF 16–35mm f/4L
It was past midnight in the forest of the Peninsular Botanic Garden (Trang, Thailand), but a light still shone in the dark. A large firefly larva (Lamprigera sp.) emitted a constant glow from its light organs.
I wanted to capture the scene in a way that celebrated its bioluminescence, and decided on a long exposure with rear-curtain flash. The shot had to be made in near-total darkness, which meant I had to estimate the position of the firefly larva in the frame.