Photographes animaliers


Yva Momatiuk and John Eastcott, a wife and husband team, are internationally published photographers of nature. Nomadic for years before the birth of their daughter Tara, whose arrival induced them to hang their hats in the Catskills with a sweeping view of old river valleys, they spend most of the year following animals, ever-changing landscapes, and moving with the light and the seasons while exploring the color, rhythm and wild essence of remote places.

Born in Poland, Momatiuk fell in love with nature photography at the age of 8, while watching grainy B/W documentary films of animals living in remote swamps of Eastern Poland. She has a Master’s degree in architecture and urban planning, and worked as a designer for the prestigious New York firm of Harrison and Abramovitz before she left the Manhattan landscape for a remote Wyoming cattle ranch near the Great Divide, where for several years she rode horses, chased cows, photographed and wrote.

Momatiuk and Eastcott have followed the mustangs of the American West protected under the 1971 Free Roaming Wild Horse and Burro Act, and had their body of work appear in a book of images and a Smithsonian cover story. They spent many seasons in Alaska, explored the American Southwest, the coast of the Gulf of Mexico, and the river swamps of the South. They also returned to the polar regions of the Canadian Arctic, photographed in New Zealand, Afghanistan and Kashmir, explored arid pampas of Patagonia and the outback of Australia and Africa.

They practice long commitments to places they love, and spent three summers exploring the Pribilof Archipelago and other islands of the Bering Sea in Alaska, documenting the rich marine wildlife and a stewardship program designed to strengthen the young Aleuts' link with the natural world and rekindle traditional values and land ethics of their people. The coverage resulted in a National Wildlife article, a Ranger Rick story for which the couple received RR's annual Magazine Writing Award, and an annual award of the Alaska Conservation Foundation for excellence in still photography dedicated to environmental issues. Their image of Mt.McKinley in Alaska became the 80-cent U.S. international airmail postal stamp.

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Among other honors, Yva and John received four awards at the National Press Photographers Association Pictures of the Year and five awards at the BBC Wildlife Photographer of the Year international competition, as well as awards in Nature's Best and National Wildlife magazine competitions.

In recent years, National Geographic published their article titled Dance of Death, the first known pictorial account of a dying Alaskan moose stalked by a family of wolves and grizzly bears who move in to share the bounty. Momatiuk and Eastcott ventured repeatedly to Antarctica in a small sailboat and photographed Shore Leave, a National Geographic photo essay about the southern elephant seals of South Georgia Island, and a Defenders of Wildlife article about global climate changes and their impact on many species of penguins.




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