WPY 2011

Photograph Details

Winner 2011

Animals in their Environment

Benjam Pöntinen, Finland

Snow hare

Benjam always keeps his 300mm lens handy, just in case. And one day in March it paid off. Overnight, a storm had covered Lapua in thick snow. It was still snowing heavily, with big flakes. Benjam set out to look for short-eared owls, driving slowly and scanning the white surroundings. 'The thick snow muted all sounds, so everything was utterly silent,' he says. 'As I passed the hay barn, I suddenly saw movement. Then I saw the picture. I had just enough time to open the window, focus and take the shot before the hare vanished into the white. I knew then it was going to be my picture of the year.'

Technical specification

Canon EOS-1D Mark II N + 300mm lens; 1/6000 sec at f8 (+1 e/v); ISO 500; beanbag.


Lapua, Finland: latitude 62.96888, longitude 23.007105 Lapua, Finland: latitude 62.96888, longitude 23.007105

Lapua, Finland

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Benjam Pöntinen, Finland