WPY 2011

Photograph Details

Winner 2011

In Praise of Plants and Fungi

Sandra Bartocha, Germany

Harbinger of spring

'My favourite time of the year is when the first snowdrops appear - the harbingers of spring,' says Sandra. 'When I see them, the air suddenly smells fresher and the sun feels a little warmer.' Sandra found this delicate group in a marshy area on the shore of Lake Tollensesee in Mecklenburg, Western Pomerania, Germany, overhung with a criss-cross mass of leafless tree branches. 'The setting sun created a beautiful orange reflection on the water behind, and I could hear great crested grebes calling. I took an in-camera double exposure image, with one sharp exposure and then one much softer one, so the scene would appear as dreamy as it felt.'

Technical specification

Nikon D700 + Meier Görlitz Trioplan 100mm f2.8 lens; 1/50 sec at f2.8; ISO 200.


Lake Tollensesee, Pomerania, Germany: latitude 53.5007, longitude 13.2067 Lake Tollensesee, Pomerania, Germany: latitude 53.5007, longitude 13.2067

Lake Tollensesee, Pomerania, Germany

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Sandra Bartocha, Germany

Sandra specialises in landscapes and plants. She seeks to photograph nature in an artistic way, focusing on details, light, colours and moods, and using creative camera techniques to best capture the beauty of a scene. Her pictures have been published in magazines, books and calendars, and she has received prizes in numerous international competitions.

  • The magical forest
  • Orchid in a flush of garlic
  • Tongue orchid and hare's-tail
  • Light show
  • Heart’s delight
  • Storm rollers