WPY 2018

Photograph Details

Highly commended 2018

Behaviours Mammals

Julius Kramer, Germany

Kitten Combat

It had been a year since Julius had set up his camera trap and he only had two records of a Eurasian lynx to show for it. Overcoming problems with failed batteries, deep snow and spider webs he was on the brink of giving up when his luck changed. As soft light hit the snow-clad branches, two kittens turned up to play, rewarding Julius with nearly 100 images.

After several illegal lynx kills in Bavaria, catching sight of these shy, elusive and desperately endangered animals is a sign of hope that the population is hanging on. The Eurasian lynx has been, and continues to be, intensively hunted for its fur and perceived as a threat to livestock. Many of the current populations are the result of re-introductions.

Technical specification

Nikon D3 + 28–80mm f3.3–5.6 lens at 38mm; 1/40 sec at f11; ISO 1250; Two Nikon SB-28

Upper Bavarian Forest, Germany: latitude 49.171955, longitude 12.95521 Upper Bavarian Forest, Germany: latitude 49.171955, longitude 12.95521

Upper Bavarian Forest, Germany

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Julius Kramer

Julius Kramer, Germany

When Julius was six years old he started to take photos with his father's old camera. From then on he took his camera with him everywhere. When he has time away from work he loves to explore the forests and marshes around Munich, where he lives. He has also travelled to Scandinavia, Central and North America, Asia and Europe.