WPY 2015

Photograph Details

Winner 2015

Land

Hans Strand, Sweden

Landscape in ash

Flying through heavy drizzle, Hans came across this ‘fairytale landscape’ as he recalls. The ice-fields and glaciers lining the flanks of the mountains were stained grey with ash, recording in glorious textural detail the slow movements of snow and ice, like a gigantic charcoal sketch. The fine ash may have settled here after being carried on the wind from a volcanic eruption elsewhere. Iceland is famous for its high concentration of active volcanoes, which have been responsible for a third of the world’s total lava output in the past 500 years.

Technical specification

Hasselblad H3DII-50 + 50mm lens; 1/500 sec at f3.4; ISO 200.


Fjallabak Nature Reserve, Landmannalaugar, Iceland: latitude 63.99715, longitude -19.07936 Fjallabak Nature Reserve, Landmannalaugar, Iceland: latitude 63.99715, longitude -19.07936

Fjallabak Nature Reserve, Landmannalaugar, Iceland

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Hans Strand

Hans Strand, Sweden

After a nine-year career in mechanical engineering, Hans decided to devote his life to landscape photography – a decision he has never regretted. His work has been published in international photography magazines and displayed in exhibitions. Hans has received awards for his photography, and has published five books, including Iceland: Above and Below.

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