WPY 2017

Photograph Details

Finalist 2017

Animals in their Environment

Klaus Tamm, Germany

Realm of the condor

Hiking across challenging terrain, Klaus had half an eye on the condors soaring above the unforgiving landscape. Suddenly, one of the birds dropped down and began circling in front of a glacier. Relieved to have his camera with him – but without a tripod – Klaus quickly steadied his lens, capturing the magnificent bird silhouetted against the blue peaks.

Soaring on three-metre wings, Andean condors are one of the largest flying birds in the world. They scavenge a living across the Andes often relying on the remains of carcasses. They can live for more than 50 years but breed very slowly, leaving them vulnerable to human persecution: farmers mistakenly believe they kill livestock.

Technical specification

Canon EOS-1D X; 800mm f5.6 lens at 800mm; 1/400 sec at f25 (−1.7 e/v); ISO 125.


Torres del Paine National Park, Chile: latitude -50.949978, longitude -73.25172 Torres del Paine National Park, Chile: latitude -50.949978, longitude -73.25172

Torres del Paine National Park, Chile

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Klaus Tamm

Klaus Tamm, Germany

Klaus has been interested in nature since he was a child. He tries to make the observer pause for a moment and reflect on his images. His photography excursions have taken him to remote regions of Norway, Sweden, Finland, Bulgaria, Romania and Spain, as well as South Africa, South America and the Falkland Islands.

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