WPY 2013

Photograph Details

Specially commended 2013

15-17 Years

Sander Broström, Sweden

The Juggling jacamar

Top of Sander's Trinidad and Tobago holiday wish-list was to photograph a rufous-tailed jacamar. These dazzling birds dig tunnels into the sides of mud-banks, where they rear their young. Sander searched in vain for them on Trinidad, but on Tobago, he found a pair nesting not far from his hotel. The jacamar parents were feeding their young. Even better, the site offered an interesting backdrop and a perch that they used before they went to the nest. 'Just once I saw the male rejig his prey in his beak before entering the nest hole,' says Sander. 'It was with great anticipation that I checked my camera and found that I'd managed to capture that split second.'

Technical specification

Canon EOS 7D + 300mm f2.8 lens; 1/8000 sec at f2.8; ISO 200.


Tobago, Republic of Trinidad and Tobago: latitude 11.2268, longitude -60.6517 Tobago, Republic of Trinidad and Tobago: latitude 11.2268, longitude -60.6517

Tobago, Republic of Trinidad and Tobago

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Sander Broström, Sweden

I was born in 1996, and live in Lund, Sweden. Starting out in traditional wildlife photography, focusing particularly on birds, I have since then come to broaden my themes. My approach to photographing nature today owes as much to other photographic traditions as to nature photography. I have been fortunate to be able to travel to many far-away places, but equally enjoy exploring my nearest surroundings. Although I have never made it an explicit project of mine, my images often explore the intersection of nature and culture. In December 2012 I published my book Portraits Denied. I chose the title because an overall theme of the book is that the subjects are not there for the purpose of being captured by the lens - we should be skeptical of the chances of getting a true portrait. I have been awarded in Wildlife Photographer of the Year twice before, in 2010 and 2011. In 2012 I was Young Nordic Nature Photographer of the Year.

  • Mist rising at sunset
  • Mynas cooling off