WPY 2011

Photograph Details

Specially commended 2011


Patrik Bartuška, Czech Republic

Moonrise over Nuptse

After six days of heavy cloud, fog and almost zero visibility in Gorak Shep, Nepal, the skies finally cleared and the south ridge of the mighty Nuptse was revealed. Having climbed to about 5,200 metres (17,000 feet) on the Khumbu Glacier, Patrik began taking photographs of the massive ridge. Checking the shots he had taken in the viewfinder, he noticed a dot in the frame. It was the moon, rising fast. Quickly changing to a more powerful lens, he focused on the peaks and the moon, to catch 'the cold beauty of this truly wild place.'

Technical specification

Canon EOS 5D Mark II + 400mm f5.6 lens; 1/800 sec at f8 (-0.3 e/v); ISO 100; Gitzo tripod.

Khumbu Valley, Nepal: latitude 27.7833, longitude 86.75 Khumbu Valley, Nepal: latitude 27.7833, longitude 86.75

Khumbu Valley, Nepal

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Patrik Bartuška, Czech Republic

  • It came from the gloom