WPY 2010

Photograph Details

Highly commended 2010

Animals in their Environment

Orsolya Haarberg, Norway/Hungary

Snowed in

Orsolya camped through winter storms in Norway's Dovre-Sunndalsfjella National Park to photograph muskoxen. On particularly cold days, muskoxen conserve energy by resting. It's then possible to approach them, but if you get too close and spook them, there is a real risk of being trampled. 'For two days,' says Orsolya, 'the wind was so strong and it snowed so much that I couldn't even see the animals.' But the next day it stopped snowing, and the massive forms of muskoxen emerged from the landscape. 'It was a unique scene, and I forgot about time and pain,' says Orsolya. 'But muskoxen had more stamina than I did. I lost the feeling in my hands and feet and so was forced to leave.'

Technical specification

Nikon D700 + 300mm f2.8 lens; 1/2000 sec at f5.6; ISO 400; Gitzo GT3540LS tripod.


Dovre-Sunndalsfjella National Park, Norway: latitude 62.393703, longitude 9.019054 Dovre-Sunndalsfjella National Park, Norway: latitude 62.393703, longitude 9.019054

Dovre-Sunndalsfjella National Park, Norway

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Orsolya Haarberg, Norway/Hungary