WPY 2012

Photograph Details

Commended 2012

Creative Visions

Rudi Sebastian, Germany

The crack

As the fog descended, the chances of photographing the dramatic landscape of Iceland’s Vatnajokull Glacier fell, and the danger level rose. Then the jeep Rudi was travelling in suddenly stopped. The ice ahead had been torn apart by a crevasse. Though the crack was still narrow, the ice all around was extremely unstable. It was too dangerous to stand over the crevasse for more than a short time, and Rudi’s guide was anxious to get off the glacier. So Rudi took just one shot. ‘I wanted a 2D image, with the least possible depth and perspective,’ he says, ‘focusing on the crevasse disappearing into the horizon. At that moment, I was suddenly glad of the thick fog.’

Technical specification

Mamiya 645 + 80mm f4.5 Linhof Technorama lens; 1/30 sec at f11; Kodak Ektachrome 100VS film.


Vatnajökull glacier, Iceland: latitude 64.422, longitude -16.7902 Vatnajökull glacier, Iceland: latitude 64.422, longitude -16.7902

Vatnajökull glacier, Iceland

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.


Rudi Sebastian, Germany

After starting out as a graphic designer, Rudi decided to focus on what he really wanted to do: photography. After years of gaining experience and finding his style, he now works on long-term projects, fine art photography and stock photography. His interest is in the natural world in an artistic context, to support nature conservation.

  • The sand canvas