WPY 2014

Photograph Details

Finalist 2014

Earth's Environments

Dana Allen, USA

Blown away

Dana was intent on showing his clients the magnificent dunes of Namib‑Naukluft National Park, Namibia, which are among the highest in the world. But he nearly gave up that day as it was so windy and the air in the dry riverbed was so full of powdery sand. In this spot, however, there was relative calm. The skeleton of an acacia tree, dwarfed by the massive dune, gave a sense of scale. What fascinated Dana most was the moving patterns of sand. ‘The shifting winds made the sand dance across the shaded side of the dune like the flames of a fire,’ he recalls.

Technical specification

Nikon D4 + 80–400mm f4.5–5.6 lens at 400mm; 1/500 sec at f9.5; ISO 200; Gitzo tripod + Really Right Stuff ballhead.


Namib-Naukluft National National Park, Namibia: latitude -24.7209, longitude 15.5506 Namib-Naukluft National National Park, Namibia: latitude -24.7209, longitude 15.5506

Namib-Naukluft National National Park, Namibia

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Dana Allen

Dana Allen, USA

Originally from California, USA, Dana has lived and worked in Africa for the past 25 years. He acquired his first camera at an early age and went on to study and then teach photography at universities in the USA and Zimbabwe. He founded PhotoSafari in 1991, specialising in photographing wildlife and the environment and tourism activities in southern and central Africa.