AMOS NACHOUM, SHORTLISTED 3RD BIENNIAL’S GRANT
Grant Awards Wish: If awarded the grant money, I would use it to continue my life
long mission to bring awareness to endangered species. My expeditions help create
compassion in the public eye of these majestic animals captured with my camera.
Photograph 1 : Facing Reality - Taken in 2013 by Amos Nachoum
When this seal reached the open water, I followed him moving in parallel and watched
his every action. To my surprise, the seal let the penguin go twice. Each time the seal
chased after the penguin, it seemed to enjoy the game. The penguin was terrified. The
seal caught him every time and eventually drowned him. The seal would shake his
victim violently in and out of the water stripping all the feathers and than he preyed on
the raw exposed skin.
Technical Details:Canon EOS 1, Mark III; 15mm lens; 1/125 sec at ƒ/4; ISO 400;
Photograph 2 : A Tale of Two Tails - Taken in 2018 by Amos Nachoum
They are named Right whale as they were very easy to hunt during the whaling time of
the early 19 century. Today, after 50 plus years of protection, 1,079 Right whales were
identified in Peninsula Valdez. Out of 700 mother and calves spotted this season, only
three of the calves had white coloration. This was the right and splendid moment to
celebrate and illustrate hope, capturing Mother and calf survival and resilience. This
white color mutation is only temporary. In maturity, the calf's coloration will be gray
compared to black, like their mother.
Technical Details:Nikon 850, 14 - 24mm, 1/3200, f-6.3, ISO 1000, Seacam housing
Photograph 3 : Love on the Rock Taken in 2014 by Amos Nachoum
It was 4am and 14,000 feet above sea level in Ladhak, India. After 7 days of waiting, I
heard a mating call. I woke my team & we went in search of footsteps. Two hours later,
the tracker located a leopard high on the next hill. For hours, the leopard did not move.
As the sun began to set, I heard another call and the leopard moved to its right, in the
direction of the sound. I followed with my long tele lens and to my surprise, I saw
another leopard only few meters away. The leopards were looking at each other. A
second later they were embraced in each other's fur in a tender hug.
Technical Details:Canon EOS, 1D Mark III, 500mm plus 2.0 teleconverter, 1/1600, f-8,
Photograph 4 : Humpback Whale Mother and Calf Taken in 2018
Humpback whales migrate 4,500 miles from the cold rich water of Antarctica to the
warm clear water of Tong every year from July through October to give birth, nurse and
mate. They then make the long trip back to feed.
In July, these large 45 feet long whales give birth to only one calf. They take care of
their calves very tenderly and protective just like we do our young ones.
Technical Details: Nikon 4Ds, 17 - 35mm lens 1/250 sec at ƒ/8; ISO 400; Seacam
Photograph 5 : Over Head Taken in 2015 by Amos Nachoum
My safety diver, filmmaker Adam Ravetch, and I treaded water for over 20 minutes as
this polar bear family swam toward us. When the family was finally 5 meters in front of
us, the safety diver and I signaled each other, and we submerged to 4 meters below.
The bears continued on, looking at us underwater, perhaps in curiosity and in peace.
From the moment I saw the family in the frame, I held my breath to prevent bubbles
from getting in the picture and waited for this exact moment when all three bears were
looking at us. We didn’t move toward the party as the family continued on their way.
Technical Details:Nikon 4Ds, 17 - 35mm, 1/320, f - 8, ISO 200, Seacam housing
Photograph 6 : Polar Bear Predation Taken in 2014 by Amos Nachoum
The entire family was hungry. Polar bears will go over the frozen Fjord while there is still
ice searching for Ringed seal's breathing holes. Newborn Ringed Seals stay in the
breathing hole for up to ten days before they can swim alone. The bear's strong sense
of smell assists them in discovering the seals. However, the polar bear has no interest
in the young Ringed seals. She will wait till the mother, who is rich in blubber, comes to
feed the young. We sat in position for three and half hours 50 meters away and
remained put. There was not a single movement and then suddenly, dinner arrived.
Technical Details: Nikon 810, 600mm lens Plus 2.0 teleconverter, 1/1000, f-10, ISO 200
Photograph 7: A Sardine’s Last Daylight Taken in 2013 by Amos Nachoum
Striped marlin hunt and feed with great speed in order to defend their prey from the
competition of California sea lions. First, three dozen Striped marlins surround and
close the gap of a big ball of sardines. Then, in perfect harmony, one by one of the
Striped marlin start darting into the ball and quickly remove one sardine at a time with
their long bill. At the same moment, six California sea lions shadowed the Marlin, racing
after the single fish the Marlin had just removed. Aware of his competition, the marlin
quickly opened its bill to swallow the sardine.
Technical Details: Canon 1Ds Mark III, 16 - 35mm, 1/250, f-4, ISO 400, Seacam
Photograph 8: Watching Over my Cubs Taken in 2018 by Amos Nachoum
We spotted this female from a distance as she was leading her four 5 month old cubs.
We all fell silent as she got closer and settled 25 meters away to inspect her safety
forward. She noticed our presence and grunted once or twice, calling the attention of
her cubs. Two quickly came to her side. The mother was looking all around and when
all eyes were on me, I decided to capture the moment.
Technical Details: Nikon 850, 600mm, 1/800, f-5.6, ISO 3200