16th Annual Smithsonian Magazine Photo Contest Natural World
Sockeye salmon spawning in a pond

Hundreds of sockeye salmon spawn in a spring-fed pond in Iliamna Lake, Alaska. Bristol Bay, Alaska is home to some of the last remaining pristine spawning grounds for wild sockeye salmon. Here sockeye salmon have their choice of unaltered habitats to spawn in, from clean flowing streams to clear spring-fed ponds like this one.

Photo Detail
Date Taken: 08.2018
Date Uploaded: 11.2018
Photo Location: Pedro Bay, Alaska, United States of America
Camera: ILCE-7RM2
Copyright: © Jason Ching