While the Summer days continued to scorch our field personnel, GBI launched its August media contest with the hope that having a brisk Autumn in sight could at least bring some promise of cooler times. With this in mind, the theme for the contest was “Flow into the Fall.” Our people were urged to get creative with their interpretation of the theme, and, as usual, they did not disappoint.
Our winner was Research Associate Christian Thorsberg, who is serving as a communications specialist for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s Southern Alaska Regional and Field Offices. Christian provided this background on the photo above: “Thousands of caribou (tutu, in the Iñupiaq language) pack tightly together near the shores of the Beaufort Sea, where oceanic gusts deter mosquitos, one of the herd’s greatest annoyances in the summer. These photos were taken from a bush plane during an overflight of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, where Martha Williams, the Director of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, was visiting during a seven-day trip throughout Alaska.”
Congratulations to Christian and thanks to all who submitted images. Scroll down to see a selection of their wonderful photographs from the field.