WPY 2011

Photograph Details

Winner 2011

Nature in Black & White

Peter Delaney, Ireland

Big foot

Peter's day didn't start well. It was cold. He was sitting in a hide near a waterhole in South Africa's Mapungubwe Game Reserve, Limpopo, and he had forgotten not only his short lens but also his coffee flask. 'To say I was a little irritated would be an understatement,' he says, an irritation magnified when a huge herd of elephants came to within 20 metres (65 feet) of the hide. 'The elephants were playing and bathing, but the only thing I could do was shoot close-ups.' Soon, though, Peter became so engrossed in the detail of texture, tone and light that nothing else mattered. 'It made me realize that sometimes we can be spoilt by too much choice of equipment, and how creativity can often emerge from constraint.'

Technical specification

Nikon D2Xs + 600mm lens; 1/350 sec at f8; ISO 640; beanbag.

Mapungubwe, Limpopo, South Africa: latitude -22.2025, longitude 29.3635 Mapungubwe, Limpopo, South Africa: latitude -22.2025, longitude 29.3635

Mapungubwe, Limpopo, South Africa

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Peter Delaney, Ireland

In 2001, Peter decided to quit his career in finance to pursue his dream of travelling Africa in a four-wheel drive. He has spent years in the African wilderness looking for unique photographs to showcase the rich variety of wildlife and the beautiful landscape that Africa has to offer.

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