WPY 2013

Photograph Details

Commended 2013

Animals in their Environment

Jérémie Villet, France

On top of the world

Jérémie grew up on a farm in the countryside near Paris, France, and his childhood dream had been to climb mountains and see a wild Alpine ibex. Each year, he went with his family skiing in the French Alps. But last summer, he went to the Alps specifically to look for ibex. He set off on the four-hour climb in good time to catch the sunset, but a thick fog meant it took him several more hours to reach the summit. 'When I emerged from the clouds,' says Jérémie, 'it was like entering a new world.' But the real surprise was to see below him a male ibex. 'It was more than I'd hoped for', says Jérémie. 'Just me and the ibex and the beauty of the Alpine scene.'

Technical specification

Canon EOS 7D + 28-75mm f2.8 lens; 1/160 sec at f2.8 (-0.7 e/v); ISO 320.

The Alps, France: latitude 45.4613, longitude 6.68194 The Alps, France: latitude 45.4613, longitude 6.68194

The Alps, France

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