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Matriarch

By IngridVekemans  
Close encounters with elephants are unforgettable, yet sometimes dangerous, experiences. It’s all in the approach whether you are able to capture them close-up or whether you have to move the car and get away as fast as you can…

Female elephants live together in a matriarchal clan, consisting of a mother with her grown-up daughters and all of their young offspring. Whenever they sense danger, the adults instinctively protect the young demonstrating solidarity and strength.

This photo shows the matriarch of such a group. Her raised head and spread ears told us she was not agitated, but alert and the challenge was to capture the moment of eye contact in a sharp close-up before moving away.

Photo taken in Tsavo East, Kenya. This elephant won quite a few awards for me Smile... and I just noticed I never uploaded it to ePhotozine…

Tags: Wildlife Prize Award Africa Safari Kenya Winner Photo course Wildlife and nature Photo trip Photo safari

Voters: brian17302, Jon.H, Sno and 23 more

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8 Aug 2014 8:34PM
Wonderful capture with great eye contactSmile

Brian

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Stunning detail. Smile
Sno 9 2 Scotland
8 Aug 2014 8:45PM
Great close up of what is one of my top ten animals.
vandalp 11
8 Aug 2014 9:01PM
Well captured, glad you were safe.
Vanda
Chinga Plus
8 3 1 United Kingdom
8 Aug 2014 9:23PM
Beautiful....
An outstanding shot...
IB
rontear Plus
16 19 8 England
8 Aug 2014 10:28PM
A winner all the way Ingrid !!!! I have seen this in several exhibitions ( was it in Travel POTY ?) Superb image.
Ron
8 Aug 2014 10:31PM
Thanks all!

Yes, Ron, it was also in TPOTY in the finals and always included in the exhibition…great that you saw it!

Grt, Ingrid.
enfys 6 18 United Kingdom
8 Aug 2014 10:58PM
Absolutely stunning image..the framing of the close up is perfect Smile
sawsengee Plus
13 6 27 Malaysia
9 Aug 2014 8:44AM
a superb portrait & closeup.....lovely colours & details Smile
Osool 16 121
9 Aug 2014 11:16AM
Love the crop, detail and eye contact in this shot - it doesn't surprise me it has won awards. Get my award too. Smile
Niknut Plus
9 2.3k 78 United Kingdom
9 Aug 2014 3:22PM
Terrific shot !!!.....the tight framing & rich colours make for an outstanding image.....impressive !!!!.Smile
SlowSong Plus
11 8.3k 30 England
9 Aug 2014 4:21PM
Powerful. Interesting work.
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