I think this is one of the best wildlife photos I’ve seen……being a snow lover ‘n’ all.
It’s called ‘The Charge’.
The photographer, Eric Pierre, had been tracking Arctic wolves on Victoria Island, Canada, when his guide spotted a herd of muskoxen three miles away. Eric approached the herd at a safe distance to try and get a photo……but quickly realised they had been spooked and were charging in his direction, oblivious to his presence.
Eric said this about his photo:
"I’ve seen muskoxen run away. I’ve seen them react to a threat by forming a circle, and I’ve even seen a male charge. But I’ve never seen a herd spread out into a charging line like this. I could hear the thundering of their hooves. It was one of those situations where it really mattered that I made the right choice between technical accuracy, aesthetics and security."
I’m sure you’ll agree the result is fantastic. You get a real sense of power, panic and the invisible threat of the wolves.
It’s just one of the many commended photos that will feature in the Wildlife Photographer of the Year exhibition at London’s Natural History Museum. It opens on 21st October 2011 before embarking on a national and international tour.
You can find out more about the exhibition and see some of the other photos at the official website.
Photograph: Eric Pierre/WPY