“Drizzly Bear (Reigning the Tongass)” – Photo Art Print P219
Winner – Picture of the Year International, POY Award – Third Place, Science & Natural History
“Every year since 1944, the Missouri School of Journalism has recognized the best work in photojournalism through the Pictures of the Year International (POYi) contest. The contest is the oldest (72 years) and considered by many the most prestigious photojournalism program and competition in the world. This year, I took third place in the Science & Natural History category for an image of a black bear standing tree. I am honored to have my image in the same company with other photographers working for National Geographic, New York Times, Los Angeles Times, Washington Post, and many more.”
I have been photographing the bears at Anan Creek in Southeast Alaska for the last seven years. Anan is located in the middle of the Tongass National Forest, the world’s largest intact temperate rainforest (with a huge emphasis on “rain”). I photographed this bear in a pounding downpour from just inside a small covered area packed with visitors, and the rain mist was soaking everything. I had seen a lot of sitting or sleeping black bears in trees, yet never before had I seen an adult bear in a tree in a four-legged stance. The whole event was over within five minutes, but for me this image represents the very essence of the Tongass: An apex predator stands in a tree in the middle of the ever expanding old-growth forest, surveying its domain in a drenching rain, while in a total state of grace.
Anan Creek Bear Observatory. The bear viewing platform is one of the best places in Southeast Alaska (just outside the town of Wrangell) to view both black bears and brown bears close-up and is run by the US Forest Service. Permits are required to visit the bear observatory.
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