WPY 2013

Photograph Details

Specially commended 2013

10 Years and Under

Lasse Kurkela, Finland

The stalker

Lasse was particularly excited to get this shot, which was taken from a hide in a remote forest near Kajaani, Finland, about six hours drive from his home. His father woke him at 4.30am that August morning to start watching for wolverines. Lured by bait, a number had been around the hide all that night. Now there were also ravens, sparrowhawks and magpies, and so no shortage of subjects to photograph. But the most memorable moment was watching this wolverine slowly stalking along a branch, intent on getting rid of the magpie. 'The bird turned its head just as I took this picture,' says Lasse, 'and gave me my best-ever wolverine shot.'

Technical specification

Nikon D800E + 300mm f2.8 lens; 1/1600 sec at f2.8 (+0.7 e/v); ISO 3600; tripod + Markins ballhead + Wimberley Sidekick.

Kajaani, Finland: latitude 64.2271, longitude 27.7286 Kajaani, Finland: latitude 64.2271, longitude 27.7286

Kajaani, Finland

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Lasse Kurkela

Lasse Kurkela, Finland

I'm 10 years old (born 17.5.2003) boy living in small town Kauniainen, near Helsinki, Finland. As long as I can remember I have been interested in nature and visited different nature locations with my family. I started to take nature photographs in 2010. In 2011 I was for the first time in a photohide photographing wolverines and bears. Early 2012 my father taught me how to use a professional camera in manual mode and large lenses to photograph animals. Since that I have been very excited and actively photographing with my father in different places and gotten a lot of memorable moments in nature. I use my camera in full manual mode and take pictures in RAW format and use Adobe Lightroom software for editing. My first ever own photograph exhibition was set up in May 2013 and was in my home towns Town Hall exhibition area.

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