Guide Mark Williams at Wildlife Photographer of the Year

Guide Mark Williams at Wildlife Photographer of the Year


October 18, 2023 | Arctic Watch, Cunningham Inlet

Guide Mark Williams at Wildlife Photographer of the Year

Guide Mark Williams' images from Arctic Watch win at Wildlife Photographer of the Year.

Celebrating a Triumph in Wildlife Photography: Mark Williams Shines at the 2023 Wildlife Photographer of the Year Event in London

In a jubilant moment for the entire team at Arctic Watch, we are thrilled to announce Mark Williams' outstanding win in the highly prestigious animal portraits category at the 2023 Wildlife Photographer of the Year event held in London, England. Mark's remarkable talent and unwavering dedication to capturing the essence of Arctic wildlife have rightfully earned him this well-deserved recognition.

Mark's outstanding photographs, taken against the stunning backdrop of Arctic Watch, garnered accolades from judges and nature enthusiasts alike. Two of his exceptional images, in particular, have catapulted him to this accolade: one featuring a resilient three-legged fox and another depicting a mesmerizing pod of beluga whales on their journey to Cunningham Inlet.

The captivating image of an Arctic fox was captured late at night at Arctic Watch. A determined three-legged fox ventured close to the lodge, and Mark seized the moment to immortalize this inspiring creature. The soft evening light in the photograph bathes the scene in a breathtaking, ethereal glow, highlighting the fox's determination and the sheer beauty of the Arctic landscape.

Mark's drone photograph of the majestic beluga whales gracefully making their way to Arctic Watch is a spectacular portrayal of one of the many pods of whales in the annual migration these magnificent creatures undertake into Cunningham Inlet.

The Wildlife Photographer of the Year event has a rich history, spanning 59 years, and it has consistently attracted photographers from all corners of the globe. In the 2023 edition, a staggering 49,957 entries poured in from 95 countries. Among this pool of talent, only 100 photographs, across 19 diverse categories, were selected to grace the exhibition. Mark's remarkable achievement in the animal portraits category stands as a testament to the sheer brilliance of his work.

Mark Williams is a guide at Weber Arctic during the summer months and also shares his passion for wildlife in the icy landscapes of Antarctica during the winter. His commitment to his craft is unwavering, and he never ventures far from his camera, always ready to help our guests capture the most memorable shots during their adventures.

Mark's recognition at the 2023 Wildlife Photographer of the Year event is a testament to his exceptional skills and dedication to the world of wildlife photography. We couldn't be prouder to have him as a part of our team at Arctic Watch, and we look forward to witnessing more of his incredible work in the years to come. Congratulations, Mark, on this well-deserved win that has brought the Arctic's natural beauty into the global spotlight!

Belugas travelling to Arctic Watch
A pod of belugas travelling to Arctic Watch by Mark Williams

Mark Williams, guide at Weber Arctic
Mark Williams in his element - On the tundra with camera at hand.

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