/ 2016 / Nature / Underwater

in the company of APEX predator

  • Prize
    Silver in Nature/Underwater
  • Photographer
    Amos Nachoum/BigAnimals.com
  • Studio
    BigAnimals Expeditions

...more people landed on the moon, 12 versus only five, 5 ever to
swim with Polar bears.

Polar bears known to be APEX predator and as such they are a
perfect subject to make an effort to dispel the myth. After 35 years
filming on the edge of wilderness and common sense I thought i
can and i did dive with the bear family.

Early summer bear must swim from island to island to find food.
My understanding was that in that event the mother will be more
attentive to her young one swimming than to me in the water -
Adam, my filmmaker and i were floating 200 yard away from the
arriving family, the family kept swimming directly at us...when
they were at 20 feet away we submerge to 10feet below looking
up seeing these fearsome and beautiful species passing over our
heads in peace and perfect harmony

Amos is a wildlife photographer, expedition leader and explorer. He is one of five photographer ever to dive and photograph polar bear underwater. He is also free diving with blue whales off the Eastern Pacific, diving in the Okavango delta with crocodiles or face to face with the great white shark, Amos Nachoum is a master of photographing big animals. Since 1980, he has explored every significant body of water from the North Pole to Antarctica. Amos’s photographic vision is to raise awareness of ocean giants in their habitats. His images reflect respect and compassion for animals and wilderness. His photographs strive to dispel the myth of “dangerous” wildlife and show harmonious interactions between man and animal. Amos is also an explorer and leads wildlife photography expeditions with his company BigAnimals.com.

Amos's photos and essays have appeared in publications including National Geographic, Time, Life, The New York Times, Condé Nast Traveler, Le Figaro, Terra Sauvage, Airone, Der Spiegel, Unterwasser, Explorer Journal and Fifty Fathoms. Amos's photography won the Nikon contest. He is a 2-time winner in the animal behavioral category of the BBC Wildlife Photographer of the Year. In 2012 he placed first in the American Photography Artist competition.
Amos lives in Pacific Grove CA, USA. He photographs with Canon camera and Seacam gear.