Artur Stankiewicz: Great Spectacle of Nature – Mara River Crossing

Artur Stankiewicz: Great Spectacle of Nature – Mara River Crossing

MonoVisions Black & White Photo Contest 2021

Crossings of the Mara River by hundreds of thousands wildebeests during their yearly migration routes have been documented by many photographers. The drama and the sheer size of this miracle of nature leaves lasting impression on anyone who witnessed thousands of gnu running, jumping and swimming through the river. It is also a ‘photographers dream’ as sometimes happenings are simply beyond anyone imaginations. I have spent 6 days in August 2019 in the Northern Serengeti to observe and photograph wildebeests crossings. I have chosen Serengeti to avoid the crowds of Maasai Mara in Kenya. My entire week was memorable as I have witnessed 6 crossing on 4 different crossing point. Every day brought different experience, different light and overall atmosphere. From crowded crossing late morning to being completely alone early morning on the last day of my stay. The attached series is a testimony to the week in August. I hope I am able to bring you closer to this nature’s spectacle, atmosphere of the place and the drama of crossings themselves. My favorite aspects of such as animals in their environment, shapes and light played tremendous role in my selection. Dust raised on occasion by countless animals added 3-dimensionality and emphasized the overal drama.

‘Great Spectacle of Nature – Mara River Crossing’ was the Black & White Nature and Wildlife Series of the Year 1st place Winner in the MonoVisions Photography Awards 2020.

© Artur Stankiewicz: Great Spectacle of Nature - Mara River Crossing / MonoVisions Photography Awards 2020 winner

© Artur Stankiewicz: Great Spectacle of Nature – Mara River Crossing / MonoVisions Photography Awards 2020 winner

© Artur Stankiewicz: Great Spectacle of Nature - Mara River Crossing / MonoVisions Photography Awards 2020 winner

© Artur Stankiewicz: Great Spectacle of Nature – Mara River Crossing / MonoVisions Photography Awards 2020 winner

© Artur Stankiewicz: Great Spectacle of Nature - Mara River Crossing / MonoVisions Photography Awards 2020 winner

© Artur Stankiewicz: Great Spectacle of Nature – Mara River Crossing / MonoVisions Photography Awards 2020 winner

© Artur Stankiewicz: Great Spectacle of Nature - Mara River Crossing / MonoVisions Photography Awards 2020 winner

© Artur Stankiewicz: Great Spectacle of Nature – Mara River Crossing / MonoVisions Photography Awards 2020 winner

© Artur Stankiewicz: Great Spectacle of Nature - Mara River Crossing / MonoVisions Photography Awards 2020 winner

© Artur Stankiewicz: Great Spectacle of Nature – Mara River Crossing / MonoVisions Photography Awards 2020 winner

© Artur Stankiewicz: Great Spectacle of Nature - Mara River Crossing / MonoVisions Photography Awards 2020 winner

© Artur Stankiewicz: Great Spectacle of Nature – Mara River Crossing / MonoVisions Photography Awards 2020 winner

© Artur Stankiewicz: Great Spectacle of Nature - Mara River Crossing / MonoVisions Photography Awards 2020 winner

© Artur Stankiewicz: Great Spectacle of Nature – Mara River Crossing / MonoVisions Photography Awards 2020 winner

© Artur Stankiewicz: Great Spectacle of Nature - Mara River Crossing / MonoVisions Photography Awards 2020 winner

© Artur Stankiewicz: Great Spectacle of Nature – Mara River Crossing / MonoVisions Photography Awards 2020 winner

‘Great Spectacle of Nature – Mara River Crossing’ was the Black & White Nature and Wildlife Series of the Year 1st place Winner in the MonoVisions Photography Awards 2020.


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