WPY 2011

Photograph Details

Highly commended 2011

Underwater Worlds

Thomas Peter Peschak, Germany/South Africa

The salmon jam

Backing up in a pool at the base of the waterfall were hundreds of pink salmon, waiting for the right moment to leap up the fall and continue their journey upriver to their spawning grounds in the Great Bear Rainforest, British Columbia, Canada. Thomas wedged himself into a crevice under the fast-flowing water and for more than two hours hung there waiting for the moment when the salmon were bunched up sufficiently to fill the frame. Salmon are an integral part of the temperate rainforest ecosystem, returning to spawn and die where they were born. Not only do they feed seals, bears and wolves, but their discarded remains also fertilize the trees of the surrounding forest.

Technical specification

Nikon D700 +16mm f2.8 lens; 1/10 sec at f11; ISO 640; Subal housing; two Inon Z220 strobes.


Great Bear Rainforest, British Columbia, Canada: latitude 53.3896, longitude -128.93 Great Bear Rainforest, British Columbia, Canada: latitude 53.3896, longitude -128.93

Great Bear Rainforest, British Columbia, Canada

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Thomas Peter Peschak, Germany/South Africa

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