Piotr, who has been a Canon user since 2003, used his Canon EOS 5D Mark IV with a Canon EF 24-105mm f/4L IS USM lens at the 40mm setting to capture his winning shot – impressively, one of three of his photos to make the shortlist. The sky at the top of the frame was brighter than the fog, so he attached a 0.9 Neutral Density (ND) hard graduated filter to his lens to balance the tonality across the frame. Due to the low light, the exposure was 30 seconds at f/8, using ISO800.
He was amazed and delighted when told he had won. "It's hard to describe how I felt – it was a big surprise, and I lost my words and forgot about speaking English," Piotr says. "It's a huge achievement." His prize is more than €14,000 worth of cutting-edge Canon kit, including a Canon EOS R5, three RF lenses, a powerful Canon Speedlite EL-1 flash and a Canon imagePROGRAF PRO-1000 professional printer. He also receives a unique one-to-one mentoring session with Lorenz.
Piotr is looking forward to the personal photography assignment with Lorenz and to receiving his Canon kit. "The Canon EOS R5 looks like the perfect tool for the kind of photography I do, such as landscapes, wildlife and macro," he says. "As a Canon user, the prize is the best set of equipment that I could imagine. I can't wait to get it!"