WPY 2017

Photograph Details

Finalist 2017

10 Years and Under

Fred Zacek, Estonia

When worlds collide

Fred’s family often spend their summers looking for wildlife to photograph. One evening, a small bird flew right in front of the car. When they reached their destination, Fred was shocked to see that they had hit the bird, which was probably a warbler. Five years old at the time, Fred took this photograph ‘to remember a sad moment’.

Estonia is a small country that is big on biodiversity. The combination of pristine forests and widespread wetlands attract a wealth of species, including bears, wolves, lynx and wild boar. Located on the migratory flight path to the Arctic, Estonia boasts some of the best birdwatching in Europe.

Technical specification

Nikon 1 AW1; 1 Nikkor 11–27.5mm f3.5–5.6 lens; 1/400 sec at f5.6; ISO 800.


Valgamaa, Estonia: latitude 57.909046, longitude 26.161552 Valgamaa, Estonia: latitude 57.909046, longitude 26.161552

Valgamaa, 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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