Finland-based photographer Tommy Vikars won this year’s GDT European Wildlife Photographer of the Year contest with the above photograph, titled “The Stargazer.” Vikars writes,
There are two brothers in my home village who look after the game in the area and feed them regularly at several locations in winter. I was welcome to photograph white-tailed deer at one of their feeding places at night. I buried my sound isolated camera box in the snow nearby. In my warm hide about 50 meters away I was ready with the camera‘s remote release. I used my other camera and a 300mm lens to check the scene. It was extremely difficult to see what was going on at the feeding place even though I had exhausted ISO and exposure values to their absolute maximum to give me at least a slight idea when to trigger the camera. I took many photographs, but often the deer would move too fast or in the wrong direction given the long exposure time. When I finally saw this image on my computer screen, I was very pleased with the result.
The photo was shot using a Nikon D700 and 16-35mm VR lens at f/4, 30s, ISO 2000.
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Image credit: Photograph by Tommy Vikars/2012 GDT European Wildlife Photographer
The photo above is the winning photograph in this year’s National Geographic 2012 Traveler Photo Contest. It’s a photo by Brooklyn-based photographer Cédric Houin titled “Butterfly”, which shows a Kyrgyz mother and daughter using a sewing machine in their dwelling. His caption reads,
This image was shot in the Kyrgyz lands of the Wakhan Corridor. The intimacy of this everyday life moment, shot inside of a family yurt, is in total contrast with the harsh environment these nomadic tribes live in. On the right we notice a television and a sound console. These tribes live weeks away from any village by foot. In spite of being located at an altitude of 4,300 meters in one of the most remote areas of Afghanistan they are equipped with solar panels, satellite dishes and cellphones. Ancestral ways of living, with touches of modernity.
The image was submitted into the category Sense of Place (the other categories were: Travel Portraits, Outdoor Scenes, and Spontaneous Moments).