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    Forced to find new river crossing points in the Serengeti-Mara region of Eastern Africa, the wildebeest descend into individual despair and collective chaos. Fast currents and steep banks all but deny escape onto the tree-covered banks. New arrivals try unsuccessfully to scramble over the lead group that cannot climb quickly enough onto the available dry ground. Such scenes may become more common as the Great Migration faces more variable climate and narrower corridors from changing land-use.
    Composition 42
    Lighting 24
    Creativity 32
    Story 32

    The single eye of the wildebeest in the center of the frame is the best part about this arresting image. It stops us and gives us a focal point in this chaotic mess of horns, beasts, and churning water.

    Sadie Quarrier
    Senior Photo Editor, National Geographic Magazine
    Photo Details
    Date Taken: Sep 27, 2013
    Date Uploaded: Oct 19, 2013
    Location: Masai Mara, Rift Valley, Kenya
    Camera: Leica Camera AG LEICA M (Typ 240)
    Shutter Speed: 1/500 sec
    Aperture: f/4.8
    ISO: 200
    Copyright: © Karen Lunney
    Categories: Animals, Adventure, Nature
    Assignments: The Moment, Explore Our Changing World