Image Science have joined forces with legendary National Geographic photographer Jason Edwards to celebrate the opening of his new online Fine Art Print store & website. Image Science has been Jason's scanning and fine art print partner for over 10 years now.
During August, Image Science will be giving away four selected Fine Art Prints from Jason's vast image portfolio - from over three decades of exceptional natural history photography.
Each A2 print is worth $645 and will of course be signed by Jason.
This weeks print is 'The Night Walker'. See below for the story of the image.
To be in the running to win, you must:
The print will be delivered free of charge within Australia. The winner will be selected at random from all entries that fit all of the giveaway criteria & announced via Instagram.
Key Dates for the Competition:
(Click on the image above to zoom in and see the fabulous detail and texture!)
Under the fading beam of a spotlight an African Elephant, Loxodonta Africana, emerges from the enveloping darkness of the veldt to drink at a dwindling water hole at the height of the dry season.
Scorching daytime temperatures and a lack of browse would see the surrounding plain decimated by elephant herds becoming nothing more than shattered timber and dust vortices. Leaving stands of evergreen trees to drink at night reduces water loss but increases the risk of dehydration for the elephants that must wait out the long, hot days.
I captured this image whilst on assignment along the Angolan border documenting species diversity and wild elephant populations. Whilst walking with the herd at night my assistant used the faded beam of an old tungsten spotlight to cast a soft light on the elephant's face. The resultant RAW file had the yellow cast one would expect from the tungsten globe and so we needed to correct for this, ultimately making a creative decision to go black and white. The deep shadows cast by the spotlight were naturally occurring, creating wonderful depth and intense atmosphere.
I have spent more than three decades working in close contact with wildlife and on conservation projects focusing on numerous species. I would not suggest people expose themselves to wild animals - especially large species such as elephants - unless you are experienced and trained to do so.
This print, along with many others, is available to purchase at Jason Edwards website.