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By Larry Persily
Wrangell Sentinel 

Anan bears photographer wins national award

 

January 25, 2023

Clarise Larson/Juneau Empire

Juneau-based photographer Mark Kelley has been taking pictures in Southeast for 43 years, but it was the photos he took on his 13 visits to Anan Creek that brought him honors for the best portfolio in the 2022 National Wildlife magazine photo contest.

Juneau photographer Mark Kelley has been to Anan Wildlife Observatory 13 times, which turned out to be a lucky number for his portfolio of bear photos. A collection of his 10 favorite Anan photos took first place in the portfolio category of the National Wildlife Federation annual contest.

"He captures something magical and mystical about the place," Lisa Moore, editorial director of the National Wildlife magazine, said last Friday.

After so many years watching the bears, "he knows their behavior" and has the patience to wait for the photograph that will help tell the story of Anan, she sa...



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