WPY 2017

Photograph Details

Finalist 2017

Under Water

David Herasimtschuk, USA

Spawn rivals

Every autumn the brook trout start to spawn, driven by declining water temperatures. Unfortunately for David, it meant lying motionless for hours in freezing water. With leaves falling above one female’s nest, David finally got close enough to capture the rivalry between her patterned suitors, the warm hues underwater matching those above.

Chaotic disputes between male brook trout are frequent in the breeding season. Rivals bite and ram each other while the female digs a nest in the gravel, a redd, to lay her eggs. Brook trout are sensitive to changes in the water – temperature as well as pollution – and are in decline, but collaborative conservation efforts aim to curb this.

Technical specification

Sony A7R II; 28mm f2 lens and Nauticam WWL-1 lens; 1/60 sec at f7.1; ISO 2000; Nauticam housing; two Inon strobes.


Magalloway River, Lincoln County, Maine, USA: latitude 44.78327, longitude -71.065 Magalloway River, Lincoln County, Maine, USA: latitude 44.78327, longitude -71.065

Magalloway River, Lincoln County, Maine, USA

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David's passion lies in producing imagery that helps foster an appreciation for the life in rivers and streams. By working with the non-profit Freshwaters Illustrated, he is able to create images that have the power to capture the imagination and educate audiences about the importance of keeping their rivers clean and healthy.

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