WPY 2010

Photograph Details

Specially commended 2010

Animal Portraits

Reto Puppetti, Switzerland

Dawn kill

At dawn in Kenya's Masai Mara, the roaring of lions alerted Reto and his guide to a hunt. By the time they located the pride, it had killed a wildebeest, and this male was fully occupied in feeding, giving Reto time to think about how he wanted to portray the scene. 'I prefer to show movement in an image, and I wanted to convey both the coldness of the morning and the melancholia of death,' he says. 'So I experimented with a long shutter speed, setting the white balance to tungsten, and I didn't freeze the action with a flash, which seemed more fitting to the wildness of such a magnificent predator.'

Technical specification

Canon EOS 5D Mark II + 400mm f5.6 lens; 1/5 sec at f5.6; ISO 640; Berlebach car-window mount.


Masai Mara National Park, Rift Valley, Kenya: latitude -1.58198, longitude 35.2451 Masai Mara National Park, Rift Valley, Kenya: latitude -1.58198, longitude 35.2451

Masai Mara National Park, Rift Valley, Kenya

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Reto Puppetti, Switzerland