The Grand Prize
I am very proud to say that “Spin Cycle” received the Grand Prize in the Nature Photographer Magazine First Annual Nature Photography Contest.
Each year millions of salmon travel from the Bering Sea into the lakes and streams of Katmai National Park. These fish provide a food source for the world’s largest population of brown bears. A grizzly bear on the Brooks river does a head shake to remove the icy water from its body and creates an interesting water effect in Katmai National Park, Alaska. The grizzlies dunk their head under the water in search of Sockeye Salmon and when they come up with no catch, they shake the water off and dunk again. We watched for hours as the bears did their fishing. There was no forewarning when they were about to shake their head and it lasted for about a second or two. One had to be ready, anticipate the actual movement and start shooting before the shake began. Brooks Falls, Katmai National Park, Alaska, September salmon run.