Pioneering big animal photographer Amos Nachoum has notched another accomplishment on his weight belt by taking home multiple honors from the Siena International Photo Awards. SIPA—as it’s informally known—is one of the most prestigious photo competitions and attracts tens of thousands of images from more than 100 countries.
Amos’ iconic image of a leopard seal hunting and presenting a penguin took home first prize in the “Animals in their Environment” category. He also earned an honorable mention for an image of the rare snow leopard. Amos shared with us some details behind his award-winning image:
“Behavior, preparation and passion are the basic building blocks for working successfully with the camera in any wilderness and underwater in particular, since we are limited to only one camera and one lens at a time.
“The predation behavior of the leopard seal is long and elaborate. From the ambush in the shallow water by a colony of young chicks to moving back to the open water and finally the drowning of the penguin is quite the process. It culminates in this ultimate moment of the already drowned penguin and still hungry leopard seal. It took days of observation to pin point and action and about six hours of actual time on site from the start to end—all in the freezing cold of Antarctica.”
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