WPY 2014

Photograph Details

Finalist 2014

Earth's Environments

Hans Strand, Sweden

Delta design

Wild landscapes are what Hans is drawn to, and Iceland seen from the air has provided him with an endless variety of colour and form. ‘The rivers and deltas change from day to day – so you never know what you will accomplish,’ he says. He shot almost continuously while circling the delta of the Fúlakvisl river, battling against motion sickness in strong winds. The river was murky with silt from the Langjökull glacier. The water appeared as tangled, silvery threads criss-crossing over the black volcanic soil, with pools of gold – iron oxide sediment – on the banks. This picture, taken from the open window of the aircraft, was cropped to a vertical format to enhance the pattern of the river branches. It was one of the last Hans shot before the winds finally forced the flight to be aborted.

Technical specification

Hasselblad H3DII-50 + 80mm lens; 1/800 sec at f4.8; ISO 200.


Fúlakvisl, Iceland: latitude 64.71937, longitude -19.8 Fúlakvisl, Iceland: latitude 64.71937, longitude -19.8

Fúlakvisl, Iceland

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Hans Strand

Hans Strand, Sweden

After a nine-year career in mechanical engineering, Hans decided to devote his life to landscape photography – a decision he has never regretted. His work has been published in international photography magazines and displayed in exhibitions. Hans has received awards for his photography, and has published five books, including Iceland: Above and Below.

  • The great Maelifell
  • Landscape in ash