WPY 2011

Photograph Details

Joint runner-up 2011

Creative Visions

Ole Jørgen Liodden, Norway

Midnight tern

Having led many trips to Norway's Svalbard archipelago, Ole knows exactly where to go for wildlife. When on location, he sleeps in the day and photographs at night, always carrying two cameras, ready for the moment. On this occasion, he was near Longyearbyen on the island of Spitzbergen. It was midnight when the light appeared, penetrating through the clouds and illuminating the valley up ahead. 'Midnight light is like a long-lasting, beautiful sunset,' he says. This time, though, it was so overwhelmingly beautiful that Ole started to walk towards it 'as though entranced'. And then the Arctic tern appeared. Pure magic. Ole adjusted his shutter speed to blur the background and tracked the tern - symbol of the Arctic - as it flew over the tundra alongside him.

Technical specification

Nikon D3S + 600mm f4 lens; 1/8 sec at f13; ISO 100.


Svalbard, Norway: latitude 78.75043, longitude 16.362453 Svalbard, Norway: latitude 78.75043, longitude 16.362453

Svalbard, Norway


Ole Jørgen Liodden, Norway

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