WPY 2017

Photograph Details

Finalist 2017

Earth’s Environments

Paddy Scott, UK

The unstoppable force

Paddy was safely across the valley when the avalanche struck, stopping him in his tracks. Dwarfed by the immense backdrop, the snow and ice seemed to tumble in slow motion, billowing across the majestic landscape. Quickly framing his shot with a jagged ridge to give depth and scale, Paddy captured the avalanche’s unstoppable force.

Despite being smaller than its sisters, the steep faces of K6 make this mountain a formidable opponent. Conditions can change quickly with avalanches taking little more than a minute to reach the valleys below. Although Paddy’s shot may look sedate and gentle, in reality the snow and ice are travelling at hundreds of kilometres per hour.

Technical specification

Canon EOS 5D Mark III; 70–200mm f2.8 lens at 173mm; 1/640 sec at f11; ISO 100.


K6 basecamp, Himalayas, Pakistan: latitude 35.41833, longitude 76.551636 K6 basecamp, Himalayas, Pakistan: latitude 35.41833, longitude 76.551636

K6 basecamp, Himalayas, Pakistan

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Paddy Scott

Paddy Scott, UK

It was on a snowkiting trip across Greenland when Paddy became fascinated by Earth's most extreme environments. After university he worked in London before training as a documentary film-maker at the London Met School. He has undertaken many expeditions around the globe that have offered him the opportunity to see some of the world's most impressive landscapes.