Image copyright Stian Nesoy 2017
Hardangervidda National Park, Norway. After days of frigid snowstorms, a
break in the weather revealed an otherworldly landscape near these
hunters’ cabins. The little footprints were left behind by a lone arctic
fox during its relentless search for food in this barren wilderness.
After scouting this frozen scene before sunrise, I discovered a spot
with a snowdrift leading into the light. The placement of the hill to
the left and the tracks made for a balanced image. The image is captured
in a wide panoramic format to convey the vastness of the surroundings. I
captured the image just before the sun broke the horizon, making for a
softly lit scene
that helps the textures come alive.
Canon EOS 5D MkII with Canon 17-40mm f/4 L lens at 17mm, ISO 100, 1/50sec at f/16, tripod. This is a panorama stitched from a series of vertical shots
Image Copyright Alice van Kempen 2017
Image Copyright Kirsten Quist 2017
Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. On one of the coldest days last winter, I was inspired to capture the luminous structure of this frozen fire pit. I loved the contrast of fire and ice, as well as the way both the blue light and ash-covered icicles framed my subject Halley Coxson. A big challenge was the near -30oC temperature, which caused my camera to malfunction and halted shooting until I was able to warm things up with some body heat.
Image Copyright Pete Hyde 2017
Gavlfjorden, Holm, Langøya, Norway. Having driven several miles up a
minor road, we came to the small harbour at Holm. After a short walk, we
were presented with this wonderful view up a small side-branch of
Gavlfjorden. The soft, misty light and the calmness of the water were
perfect for conveying the peace and tranquillity we were privileged to
Image Copyright Justin Garner 2017
Manchester, England. We grow flowers on our balcony at home, which offer many photographic opportunities. I noticed the rich textures in the blue anemone’s petals, and I waited for the flower’s textures to be at their best. Choosing to shoot on an overcast day prevented harsh shadows from the sun affecting the image. I used a plant clip to steady the flower, enabling me to take 15 shots that I then photo stacked in post-processing.
Image Copyright Johan Sundelin 2017
Santa Fe Island, Galapagos Islands, Ecuador. While snorkelling with a
colony of California sea lions I quickly noticed two particular
photography challenges. The first was how to avoid the attention of the
large, aggressive and protective alpha male. The second was the enormous
speed of the animals in the water. Lying very still in the water and
using high ISO solved the issues. That allowed me to freeze this moment
of tenderness using only natural light.
Image Copyright Christopher Roche 2017
Image Copyright David Rosenzweig 2017
Timbavati Game Reserve, Mpumalanga, South Africa. The eternal bond
between a mother and child is one that transcends the animal kingdom.
One early morning in the Timbavati Game Reserve, we came across this
female leopard. She was clearly searching for something and continued
calling until she reached an open road. Just as she arrived, her cub
came running out of the bushes. The ensuing interaction between the
mother and cub proved the love that the two share for each other.