WPY 2017

Photograph Details

Finalist 2017

11–14 Years Old

Lasse Kurkela, Finland

Wolf watch

After an unsuccessful year looking for wolves, Lasse and his father heard of a group attracted by bait for bears and arrived at a remote hide in darkness. First light revealed movement in the trees as a wolf cautiously approached. Wrapping his camera in fabric to silence it, Lasse used black and white to best capture the dark, misty atmosphere.

Lone wolves have a bad reputation, but have a natural role in mixing the gene pool and expanding to new areas. Wary of people, Finland’s wolves are hunted, both legally and illegally. Bitter controversy continues about their numbers in the wild. Some argue culling is necessary to protect people and hunting dogs. Others call for conservation.

Technical specification

Nikon D4S; 800mm f5.6 VR lens; 1/200 sec at f5.6; ISO 14400; tripod and eki gimbal head.


Kajaani, Finland: latitude 64.22, longitude 27.72 Kajaani, Finland: latitude 64.22, longitude 27.72

Kajaani, Finland

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Lasse Kurkela

Lasse Kurkela, Finland

Lasse lives in Southern Finland and has been interested in nature and animals for most his life. He has received several awards for his photographs in international competitions, as well as an environmental achievement award from his home town.

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