WPY 2016

Photograph Details

Finalist 2016

The Wildlife Photojournalist Award: Single Image

Audun Rikardsen, Norway

Splitting the catch

United by a shared appetite for herring, whales and fishermen have a unique relationship. Fishermen follow individuals like this killer whale to find fish and in turn the whales seek out fishing boats, having learnt to associate the sound of fishing nets with a free meal. Audun wanted to show this relationship from both perspectives in this dramatic split-level picture.

At first it seems like a win-win relationship, but this can be detrimental to the whales. Sometimes they will try to steal the fish, entangling themselves in the nets with potentially fatal consequences. The fishermen are so concerned about how frequently this is happening that they are searching for solutions.

Technical specification

Canon EOS 5D Mark III; 11-24mm f4 lens at 11mm and 1.2 Lee filter; 1/200 sec at f6.3; ISO 640; custom-made housing.


Tromsø, Norway: latitude 69.67904, longitude 18.91571 Tromsø, Norway: latitude 69.67904, longitude 18.91571

Tromsø, Norway

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Audun Rikardsen

Audun Rikardsen, Norway

Audun grew up in northern Norway, and has always been fascinated by the Arctic coast. He is a professor of fish biology at the University of Tromsø, and most of his images are taken locally or on field work. He has won several awards, including Arctic Photographer of the Year in 2014 and the WPY Portfolio Award in 2015. Audun hopes his images will help inspire nature conservation.

  • By the light of the moon
  • Dark dive
  • The last rays
  • Splash-time with Buddy
  • Deep sleeper
  • Sea eagle snatch
  • Night blow
  • Arctic showtime