Standing in the dark on the bank of the River Danube, Imre was covered in fluttering mayflies. ‘It was a fantastic feeling,’ he says, ‘to be in the thick of their wonderful dance’. As the swarm peaked, Imre captured their movements with a continuous flashlight and long exposure.
This is the climax of a mass swarming – when the females lay their eggs on the water’s surface at the end of their brief adult lives. These mayflies are lucky – the glittering surface they are landing on is the river – many unfortunate females get attracted to the reflection of streetlights, laying their eggs in vain on roads and bridges.
Nikon D90; Sigma 17-70mm f2.8-4.5 lens at 32mm; 1/6 sec at f16; ISO 640; flashlight; Manfrotto tripod and Uniqball head.
River Danube, Tahitótfalu, Hungary
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Imre Potyó, Hungary
Imre is a scientific researcher based in Hungary who took up photography in 2007. His photos have received numerous awards, including Wildlife Photographer of the Year and GDT (the Society of German Nature Photographers) European Wildlife Photographer of the Year. He was named the Hungarian National Winner at the 2015 Sony World Photography Awards.