WPY 2013

Photograph Details

Specially commended 2013

10 Years and Under

Lasse Kurkela, Finland

Wolf moment

Lasse is a keen naturalist and photographer, and the recipient of an environmental achievement award from his home town in Finland, and so the prospect of accompanying his father wolf-watching was hugely exciting. The location was a hide in the middle of a remote swamp area in Kuhmo, Finland, close to the Russian border. The trek there involved hiking through the swamp wearing thigh-length waders and carrying both equipment and provisions for several days. On their second evening, just a few minutes after his father had commented how the low September sunlight was perfect for photography, a male wolf walked into view. He paused just once to look around, which was the moment Lasse took his picture. 'Three nights was a long time to be in that hide,' says Lasse, 'but having got this picture made it all worthwhile.'

Technical specification

Nikon D800E + 300mm f2.8 lens + teleconverter TC-20E III; 1/500 sec at f8; ISO 4000; tripod + Markins ballhead + Wimberley Sidekick.


Kuhmo, Finland: latitude 64.1287, longitude 29.5203 Kuhmo, Finland: latitude 64.1287, longitude 29.5203

Kuhmo, Finland

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Lasse Kurkela

Lasse Kurkela, Finland

Lasse lives in Southern Finland and has been interested in nature and animals for most his life. He has received several awards for his photographs in international competitions, as well as an environmental achievement award from his home town.

  • The stalker
  • Wolf watch