2nd Place 2015 / Nature

Dantes Inferno

  • Prizes
    Gold in Nature/Wildlife, 2nd Place winner in Nature
  • Photographer
    Karen Lunney

From July to November, groups of thousands of wildebeest cross the Mara River. The crossing we witnessed occurred at a new crossing point. Fast currents and steep banks all but deny escape onto the tree-covered far side. New arrivals try unsuccessfully to scramble over the lead group that cannot climb quickly enough onto the available dry ground. Within minutes, the riverbank was lined with drowned wildebeest that were eventually marooned on rocks well downstream where the vultures and crocodiles were waiting.