Anton and his father hired a hide for a day in Suomussalmi, Finland, hoping to see brown bears. They arrived at the hide in the evening, just as a storm whipped up. But by dawn, the pond in front of the hide was as still as glass, and the rain had stopped. They had put dog food on the other side of the water as bait, and they didn't have to wait long for a visitor. At 4.30am, a bear came out of the forest and stood right by the pond. 'I like bears a lot, and when I got the picture I wanted, in a really nice place, with the reflection, I was very happy,' says Anton.
Nikon D2X + 300mm f2.8 lens; 1/160 at f3.5 (-1 e/v); ISO 400.
Anton Lilja, Sweden
I´m living in the northern part of Sweden and are very intresting to be out in nature, hiking, outdoor life and I bring the camera with me. My father works as a photographer and we like to be out together so naturally he shows me how to take pictures. It´s really nice to be out in the forest and then upload the images in the computer and see the result directly when I come back to home. It´s inspiring when others also like my images.