WPY 2011

Photograph Details

Runner-up 2011

11-14 Years

Sander Broström, Sweden

Mynas cooling off

Photographically, things didn't look promising. The midday sun was beating down on the fields near Dubai City in the United Arab Emirates, and the light was just too intense. 'It was so hot that I had to drink constantly,' remembers Sander. Looking around for inspiration, he spotted a mobile irrigation plant at work away in the fields, drenching the ground with water. What caught his attention were the hundreds of birds flying around the machine, including a lot of bank mynas. As he approached, he could see that, like him, 'the birds were also really hot and needed to cool off and get a drink.' Then he saw it - in black and white - the graphic combination of machine, mynas and mist.

Technical specification

Canon EOS 7D + 300mm f2.8 lens + 1.4x II converter; 1/1600 sec at f6.3; ISO 250.

Dubai Pivot Fields, Dubai: latitude 25.2711, longitude 55.3075 Dubai Pivot Fields, Dubai: latitude 25.2711, longitude 55.3075

Dubai Pivot Fields, Dubai

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Sander Broström, Sweden

I was born in 1996, and live in Lund, Sweden. Starting out in traditional wildlife photography, focusing particularly on birds, I have since then come to broaden my themes. My approach to photographing nature today owes as much to other photographic traditions as to nature photography. I have been fortunate to be able to travel to many far-away places, but equally enjoy exploring my nearest surroundings. Although I have never made it an explicit project of mine, my images often explore the intersection of nature and culture. In December 2012 I published my book Portraits Denied. I chose the title because an overall theme of the book is that the subjects are not there for the purpose of being captured by the lens - we should be skeptical of the chances of getting a true portrait. I have been awarded in Wildlife Photographer of the Year twice before, in 2010 and 2011. In 2012 I was Young Nordic Nature Photographer of the Year.

  • Mist rising at sunset
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