WPY 2012

Photograph Details

Commended 2012

Animals in their Environment

Mark Tatchell, UK

Where petrels dare

It was blowing a good Southern Ocean gale that December day as Mark’s ship headed south from South Georgia. Huge tabular icebergs, drifting north from the Weddell Sea, gave an extra edge to the windswept journey. Daring snow petrels swooped between them. Mark wanted to capture a shot that would ‘combine the beauty of the ice, the power of the boiling sea and the elegance of the birds in flight’. He caught the moment when a single bird swept close to the wave-cut base of an enormous berg, ‘a wonderful contrast to the harshness of the scene of that unforgettable place’.

Technical specification

Canon EOS 30D + 100-400mm f4.5-5.6 lens at 400mm; 1/1250 sec at f10; ISO 400.


The Antarctic Convergence, south of the Island of South Georgia: latitude -57.369217, longitude -36.582718 The Antarctic Convergence, south of the Island of South Georgia: latitude -57.369217, longitude -36.582718

The Antarctic Convergence, south of the Island of South Georgia

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Mark Tatchell, UK