Flying over the desert dunes of northern Namibia in 2013, Sergey spotted many gemsbok – mostly dead, following the worst drought in the region for a generation. When the pilot pointed out a live one, Sergey had only seconds to capture the solitude of the hardy survivor, set against the silky ripples of the dunes. Gemsbok are remarkably adapted to arid environments, surviving for weeks without water. They are able to increase their internal body temperature as high as 45°C, to cope with high external temperatures. Tissues in their long nose expose a large area of veined tissue to the surrounding air, cooling the blood flow beneath.
Nikon D4 + 70-200mm f2.8 lens; 1/8000 sec at f5.6; ISO 1000.
Kunene River, Namibia
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Sergey Gorshkov, Russia
Sergey is the founding member of the Russian Union of Wildlife Photographers. His photography has received awards in Russia, the UK, Italy and France. He is currently a resident photographer at National Geographic magazine in Russia, and has published four books: Bear, Kamchatka – The Vanishing World, Kamchatka and СatWalk.