The Epic Adventures Photo Competition

The outdoor gear store Blacks have teamed up with the adventure travel company Explore for a new photo competition, Epic Adventures. The winner will receive £2000 to spend on an adventure holiday, from trekking the Inca Trail to polar voyages in one of the last true wilderness areas. The four runners up will receive £150 to spend in Blacks to prepare them for future adventures.  To enter all you need to do is submit photos that sum up each of the four categories – wild, fast, panoramic and epic.  Here are my entries….

Wild

It’s hard to find a more wild location than Arizona’s Wildcat Trail, located in the home of America’s Wild West.  The walk trails through the desert landscape and crosses the sandy plans to one of Monument Valley’s most famous landforms West Mitten Butte. With only a sketchy map and the odd occasional small pile of stones marking the way, you are filled with a real sense of scale and vastness as you pass the looming sandstone giants.  This walk is best attempted in the early morning or late afternoon to avoid the heat of the day, also don’t forget to keep an eye out for signs of the elusive wild cat.

WildcatWildcat Trail, Arizona, United States

Fast

Life in the African bush is fast pace keeping even the most intrepid safari goer on their toes, situations can change in a split second, where a sleeping lioness can almost instantaneously break out into a full on life and death chase to feed her young family or a matriarch elephant can charge at a possible threat to protect her extended family.

LionLioness hunting wildebeest to feed her cubs, Ngorongoro Conservation Area, Tanzania

ElephantThe speeding force of a matriarch elephant, Ngorongoro Conservation Area, Tanzania

Panoramic

The United States are renowned for their panoramic National Parks, though one of my all time favourites has to be Bryce National Park in Utah. Sunrise Point in Bryce offers fantastic panoramic views of the hoodoos in Bryce Amphitheatre and the Dixie National Forest beyond. Bryce’s unusual rock column formations, referred to as hoodoos, are a result of millions of years of weathering and erosion to form the unique and beautiful coloured rock forms.

BryceSunrise at Sunrise Point, Bryce National Park, United States

Epic

The annual migration of over 1 million wildebeest and 300,000 zebra can be described as many things but I believe epic really epitomises this.  The journey involves many perils for the herd especially when they have their young in toe.  During my time in Tanzania I witnessed one of these scenarios unravel as the herd crossed Lake Ndutu and the heart breaking situation of watching young calves become separated from their mothers.

MigrationThe herd crossing Lake Ndutu during their epic adventure across Tanzania into Kenya and back again.

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