2015 Photo Contest, Nature, 3rd prize

Cold Blood Colombia


Paolo Marchetti

10 September, 2014

Caiman carcasses lie in a pile after being skinned. The process is carried out by hand.

The skin of Colombian caimans, once considered inferior to alligator or crocodile, is now prized for its durability and quality. Production has soared since the 1990s. These days, most skins are obtained from farmed animals, rather than from the wild, and farmers are legally obliged to return a number of caiman to the wild to replenish natural stocks.

About the photographer

Paolo Marchetti

Paolo Marchetti is a freelance photojournalist, based in Italy. He has been working for about 13 years in the cinematographic and commercial industry, and began in the meantime h...

Technical information

Shutter Speed
Focal length
24.0 mm
Nikon D600

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