Asteroid by Francisco Mingorance
Asteroid by Francisco Mingorance

AN Andalucian photographer has been lauded for taking the best nature snap of 2015.

Francisco Mingorance won the ‘places’ category in National Geographic’s yearly honours for his photo of a marsh in Cordoba partially destroyed by radioactive waste.

Named Asteroid, Mingorance said his ‘environmental conscience’ drove him to take the photo.

“As an environmental photojournalist I knew I had to take this picture,” he said.

“I discovered the site while on a low-flying training missing, at first I thought it was an asteroid scene.

“It perfectly illustrates how radioactive discharge has destroyed part of the marsh.

“The photo tells the story better than any words could.”

The grand prize went to James Smart, from Australia, for his shot of a tornado in action in Colorado, USA.

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