WPY 2016

Photograph Details

Finalist 2016

Mammals

Charlie Hamilton James, UK

Wild West stand-off

Charlie left his camera trap in this location for nearly six months. Knowing this was the spot where park rangers deliberately leave carcasses to keep the bears away from the road, Charlie hoped to capture these imposing predators scavenging. Sifting through the 200,000 images captured by the trap, Charlie came across this spectacular shot.

The Yellowstone grizzly bear population has been protected since the 1970s and is now recovering. However, there are proposals to remove the bears from the federal list of protected species, raising concerns this will negatively impact on numbers and have knock-on effects for the park’s ecology.

Technical specification

Nikon D7100; 10-24mm lens at 24mm; 1/2500 sec at f5.6; ISO 1600; Trailmaster TM550 passive infrared monitor.


Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming, USA: latitude 43.790314, longitude -110.681656 Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming, USA: latitude 43.790314, longitude -110.681656

Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming, USA

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Charlie Hamilton James, UK

Charlie is a National Geographic magazine photographer who specialises in conservation issues with particular interest in Africa and the Amazon.

  • Light path
  • Lookout for lions
  • Treading water
  • Filthy riches
  • Inside job
  • Children of the rainforest
  • The beautiful end
  • Big chick check-up
  • Patient care
  • Vultures as individuals
  • Vultures as commodities
  • The last stand