Inquisitive polar bears chase wildlife photographer’s boat

David Swindler was on boat near the remote Alaskan city of Kaktovik when polars bears began chasing after his vessel. The 35-year-old said: “On one occasion, some two-year-old cubs were wrestling in the water.”They were going at it for a solid hour.”Finally, they got curious about our boat and started swimming over. “We started to back away, but they swam even faster. “I was taking video with my GoPro camera and they would dive under the water to get a closer look at it. “They even touched it with their nose.” Watch the video… Watch inquisitive polar bears CHASE wildlife photographers boat – Mirror Online.

Stampeding antelopes wins top European wildlife photo.

A photograph of stampeding blesbok antelopes on the plains of South Africa’s Kariega Game Reserve has won best European Wildlife photograph.

The image, called Living Rock Art by Neil Aldridge, aims to “capture the energy and movement of the blesboks in a still frame”.

“I actually hadn’t envisaged that the result would so closely resemble Bushman rock art.”

Mr Aldridge is a contributing photographer to the BBC Wildlife Magazine, Wild Travel Magazine, South Africa’s Go! Magazine and has published a book Underdogs about the endangered African wild dog.

Read more… BBC News – Stampeding antelopes by Neil Aldridge wins top European wildlife photo.

Photographer captures wildlife images

Photographer captures wildlife images

Saturday sunrises almost always find photographer Ronnie Maum on a Red River National Wildlife Refuge trail, anticipating what first light will reveal.

Will it be a flock of roseate spoonbills?

Bobcat kittens clinging to a tree?

Deer ghosting through the shadows?

Maum has taken thousands of wildlife images at the refuge in the past eight years and many are incorporated into the refuge’s on-site signage, website and printed materials. He’s self-published two e-books on the refuge and occasionally sells his photos.

But that’s not why he does it.

“I’m pretty much just a loner guy,” he said. “I’m happy just wandering around by myself taking pictures. You never know what you’re going to see.”

Read more…. Photographer captures wildlife images.

These Were the First Wildlife Photographs Published in National Geographic

Did you know that after National Geographic published its first wildlife photographs in July 1906, two of the National Geographic Society board members “resigned in disgust“? They argued that the reputable magazine was “turning into a ‘picture book’”.

Luckily for us, it did turn out to become quite a picture book. Those first wildlife photos published in the magazine were captured by George Shiras, III, and marked quite a few “firsts.”

Shiras was a lawyer and politician by day — a U.S. Representative from the state of Pennsylvania — and a pioneering photographer by night (literally!). His nighttime photographs of animals represent some of the earliest examples of flash photography.

To achieve his shots, Shiras pioneered a number of different photo-making methods. One was to float silently across water in complete darkness. When he heard rustling nearby, he would point his camera system and snap a flash photograph in that direction.

See more… These Were the First Wildlife Photographs Published in National Geographic.

Revealed: four Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2014 images.

The first award-winning images from this years Wildlife Photographer of the Year competition are released as tickets for the exhibition go on sale.  A programme of special events, including photography masterclasses and portfolio reviews, has also been announced.

Bernardo Cesare captured his image Kaleidoscope in India while examining granulite rock from a working quarry. It depicts a crystal formation from a geological event half a billion years ago.

Young photographer Marc Montes took Snake-eyes while trekking through the forest in the Val d’Aran, Northern Spain.

A lone bat occupies a destroyed German WWII bunker in a remote forest in Poland in Winter hang-out by Łukasz Bożycki.

via Revealed: four Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2014 images | Natural History Museum.

Wildlife photographer Andy Rouse captures tiger cub photos in Indian heat

A Cardiff-based wildlife photographer with a passion for tigers took advantage of soaring temperatures in India to capture his first images of a mother with her cubs.

The heat had topped 44 degrees Centigrade in Rajasthan when Andy Rouse, two days into a trek, found the shots he wanted.

The tiger, called Noor, had three-month-old cubs but she kept them sheltered in a desert cave at Ranthambore National Park.

But Andy gambled they would have to cool off and take in water in the sultry temperatures.

“I’ve been 6ft (2m) away from a tiger, they don’t see you as food in a vehicle, they leave you alone,” he said.

“But I made sure I was 150m (450ft) away in the first Jeep as I didn’t want the cubs to get nervous, this was the first time they would have seen people.”

Read more… BBC News – Andy Rouse captures tiger cub photos in Indian heat.

Spectacular eagle shot wins first drone photography competition.

The arrival of cheap drone technology – and small, light high-quality cameras – has given rise to a new genre of beautiful aerial photography and film-making.

A new competition, sponsored by National Geographic, has highlighted some stunning examples of drone photographs taken in the past year.

The winner of the competition was a stunning view of an eagle soaring high above a national park in Indonesia.

See more of the winners… BBC News – Eagle shot wins drone photography competition.

Tourists risk lives for pictures of rare jaguars fighting in Brazil

This hair-raising picture shows brave tourists risking their lives for pictures as they strayed close to fighting jaguars.

Seasoned wildlife photographer Paul Williams was overjoyed to finally find elusive jaguars in their natural habitat, the Brazilian Pantanal, the world’s largest tropical wetland area.

But Paul, 34, who works for the BBC Natural History Unit, soon found his joy turn to terror as he watched foolhardy tour boats jostling to see which could get the closest.

“Sadly it’s a scene that’s too common in natural parks around the world, but it’s important to remember that without tourism many of these areas would be under threat. Everyone has the right to experience nature and wildlife, but the organisations and companies who manage this have a responsibility to ensure that the welfare of the wildlife is paramount.”

Read more… Tourists risk lives for pictures of rare jaguars fighting in Brazil – AOL Travel UK.

How to: Professionals Share Tips for Wildlife Photography

An interesting article with tips from top wildlife photographers, these include:

  • Do your research: The best shots start before photographers even set foot in the field
  • Patience is a virtue, so arm yourself with it
  • Think outside the box when it comes to your vantage point
  • But don’t sacrifice safety for perspective
  • Aim for simple backgrounds — make negative space work for you
  • Employ dramatic lighting.
  • Capture something that hasn’t been seen before.
  • Inject emotion.
  • Practice makes perfect … and there are lots of ways to practice (even for city-dwellers!)
  • Be respectful of your subjects — know when to call it off
  • Have fun with it — it will translate on film

How to: Professionals Share Tips for Wildlife Photography.

A Passion for Africa: Interview with Award-Winning Wildlife Photographer Morkel Erasmus

Morkel Erasmus is an award-winning wildlife photographer based out of South Africa. He has an abiding passion for his country and its animals, which comes out in his beautiful photography that is perhaps best described as ‘intimate.’

PetaPixel recently sat down with Erasmus to talk about his work and see if he had any words of wisdom to share with the wildlife photography fans.

Read more A Passion for Africa: Interview with Award-Winning Wildlife Photog Morkel Erasmus.