WPY 2010

Photograph Details

Highly commended 2010

Urban Wildlife

Laurent Geslin, France

Paris life

Laurent set out to photograph wildlife in the heart of Paris. He encountered kestrels, sparrowhawks and even kingfishers, but what proved to be the challenge was giving them a sense of place. When he discovered there were rabbits living in a park close to the Arc de Triomphe, he set out to photograph them after nightfall. He first shot them with the famous monument in the background. He then realized that there was a far more interesting cityscape right behind him - La Défense business area had the contemporary edge that he was looking for. Laurent got on his belly, and the rabbits obliged by keeping their ears up, silhouetted by the bright lights of modern Paris.

Technical specification

Nikon D3 + 70-200mm f2.8 VR lens; 1/5 sec at f6.3; ISO 800.


La Défense, Paris, France: latitude 48.8918, longitude 2.23845 La Défense, Paris, France: latitude 48.8918, longitude 2.23845

La Défense, Paris, France

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Laurent Geslin, France