WPY 2011

Photograph Details

Highly commended 2011

Nature in Black & White

Andrew George, The Netherlands

March of the coots

Early winter in 2010 was one of the coldest The Netherlands had experienced in years, and the lake in Andrew's local park in Eindhoven was almost completely frozen. As he watched the coots foraging on the ice, he began to visualize the image he wanted. So when the next snowfall came, he went straight out and waited. The coots were already on the ice, polishing off scraps of bread people had thrown them. As soon as all the food was gone, the coots headed back towards the only remaining hole in the ice. 'It reminded me of a scene from the movie March of the Penguins,' Andrew says, 'even though I was in my local park, in the middle of a city.'

Technical specification

Nikon D700 + 70-200mm f2.8 lens; 1/60 sec at f8; ISO 800.


Park Ekkersweijer, Noord-Brabant, The Netherlands: latitude 51.482655, longitude 5.232169 Park Ekkersweijer, Noord-Brabant, The Netherlands: latitude 51.482655, longitude 5.232169

Park Ekkersweijer, Noord-Brabant, The Netherlands


Andrew George, The Netherlands