WPY 2016

Photograph Details

Finalist 2016

Mammals

Jasper Doest, The Netherlands

Dawn of the bison

Jasper has been documenting European bison since they were reintroduced to the Netherlands in 2007. On this particular morning he found the herd cooling off at a lake amid a swarm of midges. ‘The first rays of sunlight started to emerge over the trees creating a beautiful visual show,’ he says.

Bison were hunted to extinction in the wild in Europe in 1927. However, captive breeding and re-wilding projects have seen the population rise to over 5,000, with more than half living in wild herds. Bison – Europe’s largest land mammal – help to maintain a mosaic of ecologically rich forest and grassland.

Technical specification

Canon EOS 7D Mark II; 70-200mm 2.8 lens at 145mm; 1/640 sec at f8; ISO 400.


Kraansvlak, Zuid-Kennemerland National Park, The Netherlands: latitude 52.41258, longitude 4.586533 Kraansvlak, Zuid-Kennemerland National Park, The Netherlands: latitude 52.41258, longitude 4.586533

Kraansvlak, Zuid-Kennemerland National Park, The Netherlands

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Jasper Doest

Jasper Doest, The Netherlands

Jasper's work has received multiple awards, including in Wildlife Photographer of the Year, European Wildlife Photographer of the Year and Travel Photographer of the Year. He has also appeared in numerous international journals and books, including National Geographic magazine, Smithsonian and GEO. He is a Fellow of the International League of Conservation Photographers (iLCP).

  • Relaxation
  • Snow moment
  • Garbage picking
  • The elegant crowd