WPY 2019

Photograph Details

Winner 2019

Rising Star Portfolio Award

Jérémie Villet, France

Snow Landing

With outstretched wings and intense eyes fixed on its prey, a bald eagle lands in fresh snow on a riverbank. Jérémie spent a week observing the behaviour of these birds from his hide. Spotting this one swooping down to catch salmon from the icy water below, he was well-positioned to capture this portrait.

To complete their life cycle, salmon return to their river of origin to spawn, dying shortly afterwards. An overabundance of dying salmon makes for easy meals for opportunistic eagles. Every year around 3,000 bald eagles gather at the Chilkat River in Alaska to feast on salmon.

Technical specification

Canon EOS 5D Mark IV + 400mm f2.8 lens; 1/3200 sec at f4; ISO 1600


Alaska, USA: latitude 59.204243, longitude -135.4797 Alaska, USA: latitude 59.204243, longitude -135.4797

Alaska, USA

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Jérémie Villet

Jérémie Villet, France

Jérémie believes that somewhere on Earth, what we imagine becomes real. He left his studies to travel alone by ski and sled. Over these long, solitary expeditions in remote places, Jérémie uses the pure snow as a painter uses a white canvas. All his white photos are published in an art book titled Neige, and his work is featured in art galleries around the world.

  • On top of the world
  • Seen through spruce
  • Frozen Moment
  • Snow Descent
  • Snow Ascent
  • Scatter Pattern
  • Snow Hunting