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16th Annual Smithsonian Magazine Photo Contest Natural World
Making eye contact with a brown bear

The photograph is of an adult brown bear in Katmai National park. In this photo I have tried to capture the moment the bear turned around and looked towards me - looking straight into its eye. This adult brown bear was sitting behind thick forest bush not far from a hiking trail. Due to the thick forest growth, I did not know there was a bear lurking around until I stumbled upon it in close quarters.

Photo Detail
Date Taken: 07.2018
Date Uploaded: 11.2018
Photo Location: king salmon, Alaska, United States of America
Camera: Canon EOS-1D X Mark II
Copyright: © vivek vijaykumar