WPY 2018

Photograph Details

Highly commended 2018

Under Water

Audun Rikardsen, Norway

Night Snack

Large numbers of herring were overwintering in the northern fjords, attracting hundreds of predators and night fishing boats. The killer whales had realised that the sound of nets being hauled up meant the possibility of an easy meal. Audun asked the fishermen to angle their strongest light into the water, to capture his shot.

Killer whales are the largest members of the dolphin family. Although one species, it’s now thought there are several kinds living in different areas, using specific hunting strategies and social structures. This is a male eastern North Atlantic form, which is known to work together with other killer whales to herd fish into dense shoals.

Technical specification

Canon EOS 5D Mark IV + 14mm f2.8 lens; 1/80 sec at f2.8; ISO 1600; Aquatech housing

Kaldfjord, outside Tromsø, Norway: latitude 69.89406, longitude 18.616333 Kaldfjord, outside Tromsø, Norway: latitude 69.89406, longitude 18.616333

Kaldfjord, outside Tromsø, Norway

Intellectual property rights to all WPY images are retained by the photographers. Reproduction without prior written consent constitutes an actionable infringement. For usage enquiries please contact us.

Sign up to receive emails from the Natural History Museum about events and exhibitions, including Wildlife Photographer of the Year.

Love this image?

Choose your favourite from this year's collection. You can only choose once.

Top five favourites

Audun Rikardsen

Audun Rikardsen, Norway

Audun grew up in northern Norway and has always been fascinated by the Arctic coast. He works full-time as a professor of biology at the University of Tromsø. As a part-time photographer he integrates photography into his fieldwork and uses his images to inspire his students and make his scientific results public.

  • By the light of the moon
  • Dark dive
  • The last rays
  • Splash-time with Buddy
  • Deep sleeper
  • Sea eagle snatch
  • Night blow
  • Splitting the catch
  • Arctic showtime