WPY 2010

Photograph Details

Runner-up 2010

15-17 Years

Michal Budzyński, Poland

Light projection

Michal is fascinated by the way simple subjects such as light, snow and trees can create myriad forms, patterns and scenes, and he's always experimenting with unusual compositions. He went to the Beskidy Mountains in southern Poland to photograph the winter landscapes there. Shivering after standing for several hours at dawn in temperatures below -15°C (5°F), his attention was caught by a sliver of golden sunlight crossing the snow. 'I focused on the backlit silhouette of the tree,' he says. 'The empty space at the bottom emphasizes the simplicity. It reminds me of a stained-glass window.'

Technical specification

Nikon D80 + 80-200mm f2.8 lens; 1/30 sec at f11; ISO 100; Manfrotto tripod.


Beskidy Mountains, Poland: latitude 49.416668, longitude 20.25 Beskidy Mountains, Poland: latitude 49.416668, longitude 20.25

Beskidy Mountains, Poland


Michal Budzyński, Poland