WPY 2016

Photograph Details

Finalist 2016

11–14 Years Old

Louis Pattyn, Belgium

Bird’s-eye view

In February, after waiting for hours in the bitter cold high up on the Gemmi Pass, Louis and his father finally saw a bearded vulture as it flew over the mountain village of Leukerbad. The rush of wind through feathers was the only sound to break the silence as it glided by just a few metres from where Louis stood.

This bearded vulture soars above the mountains, scavenging for a meal. It is the only species of bird that cracks open bones to feast on the marrow inside. Lifting large carcasses to great heights, they drop them onto the rocks below to break up the bones and access the marrow. Smaller bones are swallowed whole.

Technical specification

Canon EOS 7D; 100-400mm f4.5-5.6 lens at 210mm; 1/640 sec at f6.3; ISO 800.


Gemmi Pass, Leukerbad
, Switzerland: latitude 46.409763, longitude 7.6145 Gemmi Pass, Leukerbad
, Switzerland: latitude 46.409763, longitude 7.6145

Gemmi Pass, Leukerbad , Switzerland

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Louis Pattyn

Louis Pattyn, Belgium

Louis has always been interested in nature and wildlife. He thinks just about anything can be beautiful, from the tiniest insects to the biggest mammals. His whole family is interested in wildlife and spends most holidays in wild places. Louis hopes his images can inspire other children to become interested in wildlife.

  • Peacock at sunrise
  • Alpine glider
  • Kid’s play