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Baby Gorilla

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Youth Highly Honored

Nature's Best Photography Windland Smith Rice International Awards

BABY GORILLA

Volcanoes National Park, Rwanda

by Cameron Amadeus Myhrvold, age 17

Belleview, Washington, USA

“The Virunga volcanoes are covered in trees and shrouded in clouds. It is a steep, muddy climb to the habitat where the gorillas live. I overcame the low light conditions by shooting wide-open, at f/5.6, and setting the ISO rating to 800. I also used a monopod to stabilize the camera. Mountain gorillas are one of the most endangered species in the world with less than 700 remaining in the wild.”

Canon EOS 1Ds; 100-400mm lens; 1/40 sec at f/5.6; digital capture at ISO 800; monopod.

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