WPY 2017

Photograph Details

Finalist 2017

Urban Wildlife

Hugo Wassermann, Italy

Off piste

In a deserted ski resort in the Cairngorms National Park, Hugo watched as a red grouse ambled across the patchy snow, searching for food among the sparse vegetation. Waiting patiently, he took his shot just as the bird appeared in the gap between the fence posts.

Red grouse are easy to spot during the Scottish winter, as unlike other grouse, they hold onto their red plumage even while snow blankets the ground. They are often protected by gamekeepers who kill the bird’s potential predators to ensure numbers are high enough for the shooting season.

Technical specification

Canon 5D Mark III; 500mm f4 lens; 1.4x extender; 1/160 sec at f29; ISO 1000; Gitzo tripod.


Cairngorms National Park, Scotland, UK: latitude 57.05093, longitude -3.557215 Cairngorms National Park, Scotland, UK: latitude 57.05093, longitude -3.557215

Cairngorms National Park, Scotland, UK

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Hugo Wassermann

Hugo Wassermann, Italy

Hugo was born and raised in Brixen, Italy, where he now works in the family company as a carpenter. About once a year he escapes his everyday life to visit places such as Scotland, Norway and Iceland. At home he spends hours lying just outside his house, taking pictures of small animals and plant details.

  • Positioning
  • Ice design
  • Alpine retreat