WPY 2017

Photograph Details

Finalist 2017

Earth’s Environments

Reiner Leifried, Germany

Arctic blues

Set against the backdrop of the snowy landscape, the blue light of the Arctic winter created a hypnotic atmosphere. Viewing the scene, Reiner raised his camera hoping to capture ‘calmness with an endless view’. Using the ship’s smooth wave to frame his shot he found his scene, the icy water rippling like folds of satin.

Svalbard has two winter seasons, dark and light. From November to February, darkness prevails, periodically bathing the landscape in a blue glow, an effect created when residual light reflects off the sea and snow. From March to May, the sun begins to return, gently warming the white winter landscape.

Technical specification

Nikon D810; 14–24mm f2.8 lens at 24mm; 1/500 sec at f8 (−1 e/v); ISO 1000.


Liefdefjorden, Svalbard, Norway: latitude 79.92905, longitude 14.173698 Liefdefjorden, Svalbard, Norway: latitude 79.92905, longitude 14.173698

Liefdefjorden, Svalbard, Norway

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Reiner Leifried

Reiner Leifried, Germany

Reiner initially worked as a documentary travel photographer in Nepal, Tibet, Sinai (Egypt), Greece, India and China, focusing on nature and the humans who live from and with it. For the past five years he has been dedicated to animal and nature photography, and would like to create a tribute to the beauty and diversity of nature.