WPY 2017

Photograph Details

Winner 2017

Plants and Fungi

Dorin Bofan, Romania

Tapestry of life

Dorin stood alone on the shores of the fjord contemplating the immense landscape as shafts of light warmed great walls of metamorphic rock. Drawn to the gentle curve at the base of one rock face – like the moss-covered trunk of a tree in an ancient wood – Dorin composed his picture of a timeless landscape reluctant to give up its scale.

The mountains bounding Hamnøy rise steeply from the sea (a sheer drop of 200 metres in some places) yet they are flecked with the gold of mountain birches growing on their slopes, some clinging on in the most precipitous spots. These are a type of downy birch, a species that varies in habit and stature depending on where it grows.

Technical specification

Canon EOS 650D; 70–200mm f4 lens at 100mm; 1/100 sec at f5.6 (-1 e/v); ISO 200; Manfrotto tripod.


Hamnøy, Lofoten Islands, Norway: latitude 67.946495, longitude 13.133427 Hamnøy, Lofoten Islands, Norway: latitude 67.946495, longitude 13.133427

Hamnøy, Lofoten Islands, Norway

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Dorin Bofan

Dorin Bofan, Romania

Dorin is a nature photographer and guide living in Transylvania, Romania. He is a co-founding member of Forona - the Romanian Nature Photographers Association . He has contributed articles to the On Landscape online magazine and has also featured in the Romanian editions of National Geographic and National Geographic Traveller.