WPY 2019

Photograph Details

Highly Commended 2019

Earth’s Environments

Sven Začek, Estonia

Sky Hole

Positioning his drone directly above the small lake, Sven waited for the sun to emerge from behind the clouds to capture the reflection of the sky in the lake’s mirrored surface. Contending with technical issues and battery-power shortage, his patience was rewarded by this image of ‘an aerial view that looks like an eye’.

Karula National Park in Estonia is home to goshawks, lynx, wolves and bears. The ghostly outline of dead trees surrounding this lake is a telltale sign of the thriving population of beavers inhabiting Karula. Their naturally prolific dam-building causes higher-than-usual water levels that flood the forest floor, rotting the roots of any trees growing close to the shoreline.

Technical specification

DJI Phantom 4 Pro + 8.8mm lens; 1/100 sec at f4.5; ISO 100


Karula National Park, Estonia: latitude 57.761158, longitude 26.454334 Karula National Park, Estonia: latitude 57.761158, longitude 26.454334

Karula National Park, Estonia

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Sven Začek

Sven Začek, Estonia

Sven has been a professional photographer since 2005. He contributed to the Wild Wonders of Europe project and has published six books.

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