WPY 2017

Photograph Details

Finalist 2017

Plants and Fungi

Theo Bosboom, The Netherlands

Sweet-grass and ripples

With his initial plans to photograph the forest scuppered by wind, Theo walked past the lake frustrated and discouraged. However, with his second glance at the water he began to appreciate the blustery conditions. ‘When I looked closer, I noticed the beautiful patterns created by the play of the wind, the waves and the grass,’ he says.

Typically found in marshes, river margins and around lake shores, the streaming forms of floating sweet-grass are easy to spot, especially in summer, when their half-metre tall flower spikes grow straight out of the water. A creeping perennial, it is likely that it plays an important role in the process that changes shallow open water into fringing grassland.

Technical specification

Canon EOS 5D Mark III; 70–200mm f2.8 lens at 125mm; 1/250 sec at f16; ISO 1000; Gitzo tripod and Really Right Stuff ballhead.


Björnlandet National Park, Sweden: latitude 63.979702, longitude 18.022387 Björnlandet National Park, Sweden: latitude 63.979702, longitude 18.022387

Björnlandet National Park, Sweden

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Theo Bosboom

Theo Bosboom, The Netherlands

In 2013 Theo turned his back on a legal career to pursue his dream of being a professional photographer. His photographs are have been published in magazines such as National Geographic (Dutch), GEO, Outdoor Photography and BBC Wildlife. He has won numerous awards in international photography competitions and has published two photo books: Iceland Pure and Dreams of Wilderness.

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