2016 Photo Contest, Nature, 3rd prize

The Power of Nature


Sergio Tapiro

13 December, 2015

Colima Volcano erupts with rock showers, lightning, and lava flows. The volcano, which is one of the most active in Mexico, showed an increase in activity from July onwards.

Lightning in volcano eruptions is generated when rock fragments, ash and ice particles in the volcanic plume collide, producing static charges—just as ice particles do in clouds.

About the photographer

Sergio Tapiro

Sergio Tapiro (b. 1971) is a photojournalist and nature photographer, known for his photos of the Colima Volcano in Mexico, which is a long-term life project.  His work h...

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