David Chapman


My Garden, Cornwall, United Kingdom

Category Winners 4 – Wildlife in the Garden
Winner – First Place

A tadpole of a common frog, Rana tamporaria, resting on an aquatic plant under water. I was photographing the life-cycle of the common frog and I think this was the most photogenic stage in its development. I loved the way the tadpole pushed up the meniscus of the water surface from underneath. I used a vivarium and rested the stem of an aquatic plant inside. I introduced the tadpole and waited for it to climb the stem and touch the underside of the meniscus.

Canon EOS 5D, 180mm macro lens, 0.4 sec at f/10. Post-capture: no digital alterations.