WPY 2011

Photograph Details

Runner-up 2011

Animal Portraits

Klaus Echle, Germany


On this special day, the vixen stayed beside Klaus for more than two hours. 'She was so relaxed that she lay down by my side,' says Klaus. He had gained her trust over several months, making a point of regularly walking in the part of the Black Forest, where he knew she hunted. The best time to see her, when she was most self-assured, was when the weather was bad and fewer people were around. But after six months, at the start of the mating season, she disappeared. 'I still miss seeing her,' says Klaus. 'I will never forget those very special moments. She came to trust me completely, and that's what I wanted to capture in this picture.'

Technical specification

Canon EOS 5D Mark II + 17-40mm f4 lens; 1/60 sec at f7.1; ISO 160; flash.

Freiburg, Germany: latitude 47.999, longitude 7.8421 Freiburg, Germany: latitude 47.999, longitude 7.8421

Freiburg, Germany

Intellectual property rights to all WPY images are retained by the photographers. Reproduction without prior written consent constitutes an actionable infringement. For usage enquiries please contact us.

Sign up to receive emails from the Natural History Museum about events and exhibitions, including Wildlife Photographer of the Year.

Klaus Echle, Germany

  • Worming at dusk
  • Forest fox