WPY 2014

Photograph Details

Finalist 2014

Special Award: TimeLapse

Will and Matt Burrard-Lucas, United Kingdom

Migration in motion

More than 1.5 million wildebeest move between the Serengeti in Tanzania and the Maasai Mara National Reserve in Kenya each year in the world’s largest migration of land mammals. Their journey to find fresh grass to graze on involves a 3,000-kilometre round trip that takes in the Mara River. Up to 10,000 wildebeest can cross the river in just half an hour. Will and his brother Matt knew that time-lapse could convey the dynamics of the famous Mara crossing in a way neither still images nor film could. For five days they patrolled the river to see where the wildebeest were massing, then set up their cameras at likely crossing points. The results revealed normally indiscernible patterns, such as the rippling ribbons of swimming animals wafted downstream by the current.

Technical specification

Canon EOS-1D Mark III + 16–35mm f2.8, 24–70mm f2.8, 70–200mm f2.8 lenses; 1–3 frames per sec; tripods; QuickTime Pro to assemble, Final Cut Pro to output.


Mara River, Kenya: latitude -1.56767, longitude 35.2009 Mara River, Kenya: latitude -1.56767, longitude 35.2009

Mara River, Kenya

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Will and Matt Burrard-Lucas

Will and Matt Burrard-Lucas, United Kingdom

Will is a full-time wildlife photographer, known for using innovation and technology to achieve fresh perspectives, such as the remote-controlled BeetleCam to capture African wildlife close up. His brother Matt shares his passion for wildlife and photography, striving for beautiful and technically challenging images, especially those that reveal the less familiar aspects of nature.