Matriarch

  • Photographer
    Ingrid Vekemans
  • Prize
    3rd Place / Nature/Wildlife
  • Company/Studio
    Ingrid Vekemans Photography
  • Date of Photograph
    31 July 2009
  • Technical Info
    ISO 400, 300mm, f/5,6, 1/640s

Female elephants live together in a matriarchal clan, consisting of a mother with her grown-up daughters and all of their offspring. Whenever they sense danger, the adults instinctively protect the young demonstrating solidarity and strength. This photo shows the matriarch of such a group. Her raised head and spread ears told us she was not agitated, but alert and the challenge was to capture the moment of eye contact in a sharp close-up before moving away

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