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News from the Ocean in Focus Photo Contest Winner in Galápagos

SeaWeb’s Marine Photobank seeks to inspire people to care for and conserve our oceans in a unique way—by getting photographers to share their undersea photos.

As part of the effort to get photographers to donate their work to the Photobank, Lindblad Expeditions-National Geographic offers the top prize in SeaWeb’s annual Ocean in Focus Photo Contest: A Galápagos expedition aboard National Geographic Endeavour.

The grand prize winner of last year’s contest was Terry Goss. Last week he sailed aboard Endeavour, and he made the most of it by taking some great shots, including some excellent undersea photos. And it’s certain to be a trip he’ll never forget, especially since he and his fiancée decided to get married at sunset on the ship’s bow by the captain.

This year’s Ocean in Focus Photo Contest is still open. Photographers are asked to donate up to 10 photos by January 31, 2013 for a chance to win this year’s grand prize.

Traveling Creatively: Africa Photo Books

Last spring 148 guests embarked on a sweeping journey up the coast of West Africa, beginning in Cape Town and landing in 16 countries before saying their goodbyes to one another in Marrakesh. Before the trip ended they would each fill an entire passport with visas, be greeted by national press in Liberia, and pass among deserts, tropical islands, and cities that pulse with life. And nearly everywhere they stopped, they would be greeted by the people.

One guest, Paul Pitzer, snapped photos of the people they met along the way, and turned it into a photo book: People 4, West African Odyssey.

He said, “I’ve been taking pictures of people since the ‘60s when I was in the Peace Corps. I consider what I do taking pictures; Grace (his wife) is the photographer. My book is really an addendum to hers, covering a fascinating aspect of an amazing expedition.”

Grace Pitzer’s excellent photo book, West Africa Odyssey, South Africa to Morocco, does an extraordinary job documenting the wonder and scope of the voyage, and we are delighted to be able to share Grace and Paul Pitzer’s work with you.

Ocean Photography Contest: Win a Galápagos Expedition

SeaWeb’s Marine Photobank represents and effort to get photographers to share their shots of the oceans—whether they be inspiring or troubling. If the axiom “out of sight, out of mind” is true, then SeaWeb is doing everything they can to get images of the world’s oceans in front of people and at the top of their minds.

October 1st marked the launch of the fifth annual Ocean in Focus Conservation Photography Contest run by SeaWeb’s Marine Photobank program. The goal of the contest is to inspire photographers, from hobbyists to professionals, to care about the ocean and focus their lens on the true positive and negative human impacts on the marine environment.

Grand prize in this year’s contest is a Lindblad-National Geographic Galápagos expedition. The winner of last year’s contest is on his way to the islands right now, soon to embark National Geographic Endeavour…and we’re expecting to see some great photos being posted on SeaWeb’s Twitter feed!

Learn more about the contest and enter here.

Africa’s Most-Effective Carnivores: A Rare Afternoon with Cape Hunting Dogs

On July 16th I had the privilege of spending a couple hours with cape hunting dogs on the Mala Mala reserve in South Africa. Their den site had been found that morning, and it was a remarkable sighting. I’d seen them before during my six years living in East Africa, but never this close, this calm, this playful. Under the watchful eye of an adult the cubs played relentlessly, probably developing skills that would, in adulthood, make them the most effective carnivores of Africa.

Once they start a hunt in a pack, they rarely fail. According to wildlife filmmakers Dereck and Beverly Joubert, when I asked: “It is correct that they are hugely efficient. Eighty-four percent was recorded by filmmaker Hugo van Lawick’s as the average success rate once they had identified prey.” By comparison, lions are about 30% efficient.

Patience, stamina, and extraordinary collaboration are their hallmarks.

Sven-Olof Lindblad

The Latest Photos of the Week

A hike through the rain forest canopy in the Amazon. A snoozing polar bear in Arctic Svalbard. A hidden waterfall in Alaska. Fearsome looking marine iguanas (Darwin’s “imps of darkness”) in Galápagos.

See it all in the latest Photos of the Week.

Galápagos Shot: As Up-Close As It Gets

One of our guests traveling aboard National Geographic Endeavour in Galápagos sent in this photo they snapped while kayaking two days ago. Juvenile sea lions are plentiful at Punta Cormorant this time of year, and the playful animals often hop off the shore to come in for a closer look while our guests kayak and snorkel—one sea lion even leapt onto our glass-bottom boat nine months ago. Join us in Galápagos and experience their playful nature for yourself.

The Top Photos of the Week

Polar bear piggyback in Svalbard, crowded ledges at Cape Fanshawe, beautiful birds of Galápagos, and scavenging off bears in Alaska—see it all and much more in the latest Photos of the Week.

Our Top Photos of the Week

This week our Top Photos come in from Galápagos, the high Arctic, Alaska and Greece.

One Photographer’s Top Ten Iconic Shots

Photo by Jim Richardson

National Geographic Photographer Jim Richardson was asked to compile a ‘bucket list’ of ten iconic places in the world for photographers. Number 1 on his list? Antarctica. You’re invited to join Jim aboard National Geographic Explorer in Antarctica on our February 15, 2013 departure to get your own iconic shot of the continent (with a little help from Jim himself). See the rest of Jim Richardson’s iconic shots on National Geographic.

The Latest Top Photos

Every day our naturalists, expedition leaders, Lindblad Expeditions-National Geographic certified photo instructors, and guests send in photos with our Daily Expedition Reports. And at the end of the week, we choose the top shots to share in our Photos of the Week. This week features shots from Alaska, Galápagos, Turkey, Ireland, and Scotland.