WPY 2018

Photograph Details

Highly commended 2018

Animals in Their Environment

Vegard Lødøen, Norway

The Midnight Passage

‘A dream came true when I took this picture,’ says Vegard. After years of searching, he had finally found a riverside location visited by the deer of Valldal. After partly submerging his camera in a waterproof box, he set up a flash above and below the water, along with motion sensors. Near midnight, a male crossed the river – the camera capturing its proud pose.

After moose, red deer are the largest species of deer. Only the males have antlers, which have been known to grow to more than a metre in length and weigh up to five kilogrammes. At the end of each winter they shed their antlers, which are made of bone – when spring comes they regrow, protected by a soft covering known as velvet.

Technical specification

Nikon D500 + 14–24mm f2.8 lens at 14mm; 1/200 sec at f10; ISO 400; Two SB-600 flashes; Motion sensor + Hähnel flash trigger; Home-made housing


Valldal, Norway: latitude 62.319023, longitude 7.251867 Valldal, Norway: latitude 62.319023, longitude 7.251867

Valldal, Norway

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Vegard Lødøen

Vegard Lødøen, Norway

Vegard is a legal accountant who likes to take pictures in his local area. His photography hobby started in 2004 and his favourite animal is the red deer.