20th Annual Smithsonian Magazine Photo Contest Natural World
The Catch

The brown bears in Katmai National Park in Alaska have some mad fishing skills. Only the dominant bears fish at the top of the falls, and this mama bear was fierce. Not only did she hold this prime spot, she was also teaching her cub fishing techniques. Waiting and watching for 8 hours, action continually happening all around us, my patience and focus paid off, capturing this iconic moment…literally the last images on this day in Brooks Falls.

Photo Detail
Date Taken: 08.2022
Date Uploaded: 11.2022
Photo Location: Brooks Falls, Alaska, United States of America
Camera: Canon EOS R5
Copyright: © Jo-Anne Oucharek