Swarm­ing Un­der the Stars

Imre Po­tyó, Hun­gary

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Imre was cap­ti­vated by the chaotic swarm­ing of mayflies on Hun­gary’s River Rába. For a few days each sum­mer, vast num­bers of the in­sects hatch from the Danube trib­u­tary. This time, the in­sects emerged just after sun­set. Once they had mated, the fe­males gained al­ti­tude and filled the air with mil­lions of silken wings in their race up­stream to lay their eggs. Then they died, ex­hausted, after just a few hours. To cap­ture both the mayflies and the stars, Imre cre­ated an in-cam­era dou­ble ex­po­sure, ad­just­ing the set­tings as the ex­po­sure hap­pened. A flash­light added the fin­ish­ing touch, trac­ing the fe­males’ move­ment on their fran­tic mis­sion.

Nikon D90, Sigma 17–70mm f/2.8–4.5, 1/1.3 sec, f/14, ISO800

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The Wildlife Pho­tog­ra­pher of the Year com­pe­ti­tion is de­vel­oped and pro­duced by the Nat­u­ral His­tory Mu­seum, Lon­don, and is open to both pro­fes­sional and am­a­teur pho­tog­ra­phers of any age, from any coun­try. The 16 adult cat­e­gories in­clude Earth’s En­vi­ron­ments, An­i­mal Por­traits and Pho­to­jour­nal­ism, while the young peo­ple’s cat­e­gories are split into three age brack­ets. The next com­pe­ti­tion is now open for en­tries. For de­tails, visit

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