WPY 2012

Photograph Details

Runner-up 2012

Nature in Black & White

Remo Savisaar, Estonia

Winter counterpoint

Despite it being a bitterly cold winter day, Remo had faith that the light would hold out as he headed towards Vooremaa Landscape Reserve, in Estonia, and a particular area that is a hotspot for roe deer. The deer are hunted and so are very nervous, and the wind was lashing snow across the frozen ground. Then late afternoon sunlight began to stream through the clouds and give the whole scene a beautiful glow. All Remo needed was for ‘a deer to walk through the frame’. Forty minutes later, the scene was ‘everything I had hoped for and more’, as this individual picked its way across the stark landscape, its long shadow providing the magic touch. The beauty of the picture belies the tough time this roe deer would have been having. Only the strongest survive winter in Estonia.

Technical specification

Canon EOS-1D Mark III + 300mm f2.8 lens + 2x extender; 1/800 sec at f9; ISO 400.


Lähte, Tartu parish, Estonia: latitude 58.4937, longitude 26.6838 Lähte, Tartu parish, Estonia: latitude 58.4937, longitude 26.6838

Lähte, Tartu parish, Estonia

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Remo Savisaar, Estonia