WPY 2012

Photograph Details

Specially commended 2012

15-17 Years

Brieuc Graillot Denaix, France

The unexpected hunter

Brieuc was hiking with his family in Forillon National Park in Gaspé, Canada, hoping to photograph a wild black bear, when this one fell, literally, into his path. ‘A terrified young moose suddenly leapt out of the bushes onto the track,’ he says, ‘followed by a black bear, which jumped onto its back attempting to break its neck.’ Brieuc by then was just 30 metres away and was quick enough to get a picture. A few seconds later, a car drew up, and the bear retreated, leaving the moose on the road to die from its neck injuries. (Black bears, being omnivorous, eat other mammals. Later, rangers moved the dead moose so that the bear could find it.) ‘The drama lasted about a minute. But what a memory!’ says Brieuc.

Technical specification

Canon EOS-1D Mark IV + 70-200mm lens + 1.4x extender; 1/1250 sec at f5; ISO 400.


Forillon National Park, Quebec, Canada: latitude 48.9233, longitude -64.3954 Forillon National Park, Quebec, Canada: latitude 48.9233, longitude -64.3954

Forillon National Park, Quebec, Canada

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Brieuc Graillot Denaix, France