I am pleased to announce that one of my image of a Yukon Black Wolf has just been nominated in the 2014 International Wildlife and Nature Photography Festival of Montier-en-Der (France). Final results of the photo competition will be announced next November during the festival.
See the results on the festival’s website: www.festiphoto-montier.org
Update 23/11/2014: I am very pleased to say that I won the Special Prize of the Jury this weekend in the 2014 International Wildlife and Nature Photography Competition of Montier-en-Der (France).
Montier-en-Der 2014 – Photo: Alain Schmitt
All the results of the 2014 International Wildlife and Nature Photography Competition of Montier-en-Der (France) are published in a special issue of Natimages magazine.
I hosted last week a french crew from France 2 TV channel for a short report on the french immigrants in Canada, especially in the West. We spent quite some time in the afternoon at Marsh McIntyre Creek watching bald eagles flying around the creek. The footage was broadcasted last Sunday evening on the French National News presented by Laurent Delahousse.
Last August, my partner and I went to spend a week on the Southeast Alaskan coast in Hyder. The main purpose of the trip was to watch the bears fishing on salmon in Fish Creek and maybe if we are lucky enough have a glimpse of the coastal wolf. It took us almost two days to drive down there by the Stewart-Cassiar Highway from Whitehorse, including all the breaks along the way to capture some memories.
Silhouette of a Grizzly Bear catching a salmon at twilight. Canon EOS 5D MK II + Canon 500mm f/4 IS USM
Our week spent in Hyder (Alaska) and Stewart (British Columbia) was pretty good, we had a bit of cloud cover and sprinkles but not the usual rain of Southeast Alaska. A third of our time was consumed at the Fish Creek Wildlife Observation Site waiting for a bear to show up. The facilities in place are managed by the US Forest Service and consist of a long viewing deck overlooking a part of Fish Creek. Having the habit of usually be just by myself when out in the wild photographing the wildlife, there was no other choices than to be part of the crowd this time. So, not the best experience of my life, but at least now I know that I won’t go back there for bear watching. Finally, we didn’t see many bears, just four in five days, and most of them late in the evening when the light was gone. Fortunately, the sceneries of the surrounding area were fantastic, we enjoyed the rest of our time photographing the landscape, specially mountains and glaciers.
Grizzly Bear fishing on salmon at twilight. Canon EOS 5D MK II + Canon 500mm f/4 IS USM
Grizzly bear feasting on salmon. Canon EOS 5D MK II + Canon 500mm f/4 IS USM
Grizzly Bear shaking water off in the blue lagoon. Canon EOS 5D MK II + Canon 500mm f/4 IS USM
After some hours waiting on the site, we finally got the chance to see a coastal wolf visiting briefly the creek to fish on salmon before heading back into the coastal forest.
Coastal Wolf in Fish Creek. Canon EOS 5D MK II + Canon 500mm f/4 IS USM + Canon Extender 1.4x
I’ve just got back from a weekend in Alaska and went through my emails to find out that my shot “Canadian Dollar Store” of a Glaucous Gull wrapped with a plastic bag around it’s foot won the 1st prize of the category “The Man and the Bird” in the AVES Emotion’Ailes photo contest. Congratulations to all the other awarded photographers, especially my friend Christophe Salin!
“Canadian Dollar Store” – 1er prix catégorie “L’Homme et l’Oiseau”, Matane, Québec, Canada
I’ve been working on the final design and image selection for my 2015 Yukon wall calendar which I just sent to the press. The summer tourist season is starting slowly this month in the Yukon, the 2015 Calendar should hit the retail stores by the end of the month. You can also hit the Buy button below to order online using the secure PayPal payment system.
11 x 14 inch, 12 Months Wall Calendar with monthly calendar grid and image. Price: $25.