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National Geographic Explorer Mac Stone awarded in International Wildlife Photographer of the Year contest with Corkscrew photo

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Renowned photographer Mac Stone’s submission recognized for illuminating the urgent challenges of a planet under pressure. Stone’s subject, an adult raccoon carrying a newborn kit through water, shows how difficult it can be for native wildlife to live in the swamp with its dramatic seasonal rise and fall of water levels. While these species have evolved here and are well-equipped to survive, they still need to get creative when Mother Nature throws a curveball.

National Geographic photographer Mac Stone’s photo from Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary has been honored in the International Wildlife Photographer of the Year Contest. Illustrating the challenges faced by wildlife in our dynamic sub-tropical swamp ecosystem is no easy feat, but photographer Mac Stone’s image from Audubon’s Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary does just that.

WATCH: Mac Stone shooting photographs at Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary. Courtesy of Tom James, Pelican Media:

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Stone was one of a record-breaking number of entries, submitted by professional and amateur photographers from 95 countries, chosen by the Natural History Museum in London for their 57th annual Wildlife Photographer of the Year exhibition. The awards are considered to be the Oscars of the wildlife photography world.

His submission is recognized for illuminating the urgent challenges of a planet under pressure. The image he captured depicts an adult raccoon carrying a newborn kit through high water, showing how difficult it can be for native wildlife to live in the swamp with its dramatic seasonal rise and fall of water levels.

Find out how Stone got his start in photography, going from the darkroom to digital, and what it takes to get an award-winning wildlife shot.

GUEST:
Mac Stone, South Carolina-based conservation photographer and National Geographic Explorer

Tara Calligan is an award-winning journalist and a public media producer, writer and online content creator at WGCU. Twitter @TlCalligan