An Annual Feast

  • Photographer
    Rayhan Mundra
  • Prize
    3rd Place / Nature/Wildlife
  • Jury Top 5 Selection

    Hiroshi Osaka The ability to accurately capture the power of the moment a brown bear catches a sockeye salmon is amazing. The fluid lines drawn by the water droplets are very beautiful.

  • University/School
    Lakeside School
  • Date of Photograph
  • Technical Info
    f/13, 1/8000 sec, ISO 3200, full frame

Every year hundreds of thousands of sockeye salmon head upstream, to spawn their next generation. This annual migration provides a carnivorous feast for brown bears, who rely on the fish to survive hibernation as well as bringing nutrients from the open ocean inland to support the greater ecosystem. As commercial fishing continues to take a toll on returning populations it is important to preserve this keystone species in order to allow future generations to witness the spectacle of the Alaskan salmon run and preserve the Alaskan organisms whose existence relies on this annual feast.

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