WPY 2017

Photograph Details

Finalist 2017

10 Years and Under

Fred Zacek, Estonia

Cold catch

Lying on his stomach on the river ice, Fred was watching carefully. It was the first time he had seen an otter. It kept diving and resurfacing with frogs, and each time it went back in Fred slid closer across the ice. ‘The sound of the otter’s sharp teeth chewing through a frog as if it was a sandwich was unforgettable,’ he says.

Frogs can form a significant part of an otter’s diet, especially in winter when hibernating individuals, like this moor frog, make for easy pickings. Otters will keep feeding holes open and ice-free through the cold weather – their dense, oily coats act as both insulation and waterproofing.

Technical specification

Nikon D810; Nikkor 300mm f2.8 lens; 1/1000 sec at f2.8; ISO 1600; Gitzo tripod.


Tartumaa, Estonia: latitude 58.405514, longitude 26.801231 Tartumaa, Estonia: latitude 58.405514, longitude 26.801231

Tartumaa, Estonia

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Fred Zacek

Fred Zacek, Estonia

Fred started taking photos at the age of two and has been awarded in many Estonian nature photography competitions as well as Wildlife Photographer of the Year and GDT.

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