2019 Photo Contest, Nature, 1st Prize

Harvesting Frogs’ Legs


Bence Máté

08 April, 2018

Frogs with their legs severed and surrounded by frogspawn struggle to the surface, after being thrown back into the water in Covasna, Eastern Carpathians, Romania, in April.

Frogs’ legs are frequently harvested for food in the spring, when males and females gather to mate and spawn. Legs are sometimes severed while the animal is still living. About US$40 million worth are sold annually, with countries across the world participating in the trade. A small part of the population in the Carpathian Mountains make their living by collecting frogs’ legs in the wild and selling them.

About the photographer

Bence Máté

Bence Máté is a wildlife photographer, born in Hungary, in 1985. In 2010, he won the prestigious BBC Wildlife Photography of the Year award in London. He is the most effective...

Technical information

Shutter Speed
Focal length
10 mm
ISO 200

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