Platinum Winner

Nomads

Photographer

William Fortescue

Category

Black & White Photography - Wildlife

Company

Submission Group

Professional

Year

2022

Country / Region

United Kingdom

Created in East Africa each image is driven by my desire to depict wildlife in their natural environment, displaying organic behaviours

While some were the result of dozens if not hundreds of attempts, others were instinctive ‘spur of the moment’ creations.



‘Michael’ for instance, was the culmination of five days spent following the same elephant, waiting for three vital elements to come together; a clear view of Mt. Kilimanjaro, strong cloud formations and a front on view of one of Africa’s future icons.



On the other hand, ‘Storm’, my first zebra print to be released, was the product of ‘right place, right time’, as a herd of zebra trudged over the horizon and the last turned to look back for any following predators. While to some this may seem fortuitous, I believe it is more a testament to the hours put in in the field to create new work.

‘Nomads’ also contains another first for me, with ’57’ a panoramic image of an elephant herd created by combining three separate images. This required an immense amount of patience, as combining three images to one, while relatively simple as a technique, is a culmination of hours of trial and error - there were plenty of failures before ’57’.



As ever, I look for my work to explore our relationship with animals, so it is with real pleasure we can include ‘Crescent’, of an Ankole cattle on Ol Pejeta Conservancy. Perhaps no species on this planet highlights our bizarre relationship with nature more than the humble cow, but I firmly believe it deserving of its place along side some of Africa's most iconic species.

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