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Yearling Cub

Congratulations to Doug Croft whose photo Yearling Cub was selected as this year’s Alaska Travel Photo Contest [1] winner. Doug is from San Jose, California.  Doug and his wife visited Alaska for a week in the summer of 2010 after many years of dreaming about coming to Alaska, and in particular traveling to Brooks Falls in Katmai National Park [2]. Doug describes the opportunity to take the photograph as “The picture was one of the last that I took before we had to depart Brooks and has been our favorite of the trip.  We were ready to leave the viewing platform and go back through the woods to the lodge when we stopped to watch this little guy “fishing” with his mom…he was actually getting in her way.  He suddenly got quite agitated and bolted from the water and up a tree right next to the platform where we were standing, providing the perfect photo op.” 

While in Alaska, the Croft’s also traveled via the Alaska Railroad [3] to Seward, kayaked in Resurrection Bay then took a day cruise into the Northwestern Fjord [4] area.  They hiked Exit Glacier and visited the Iditarod championship Seavey Kennels. Doug was constantly amazed at opportunities to view Alaska wildlife and scenery during their trip to and ran out of superlatives to describe it.

Doug will receive a set of carvings called “Two Dancers”, by Tony Weyiouanna Jr.; Weyiouanna is an Inupiat native from Shishmaref, Alaska. Shishmaref is a small Inupiaq Eskimo village north of Nome on the Bering Sea. The beautiful “Two Dancers” are made of antler, walrus ivory, baleen, and polar bear fur. Thank you, Doug, for providing Alaska Tour & Travel the opportunity to share your photo with others who are planning or dreaming about a trip to Alaska.

Check out all our finalists on our photo website, here [5]!