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A husband and wife team, nature photographers John Eastcott and Yva Momatiuk often work in remote, wild places, looking for the spiritual essence of wilderness. They followed wild horses of the American West for years. They spent many seasons in Alaska, including its Arctic regions and the windswept islands of the Bering Sea. They explored the American Southwest, the coast of the Gulf of Mexico, the steamy river swamps of the South and the polar realm of the Canadian Arctic. They worked in New Zealand, Afghanistan and Kashmir, as well as in Europe and Africa.

Born in Poland, Yva fell in love with nature photography at the age of 8, while watching grainy B/W documentary films depicting animals living in remote swamps of Eastern Poland. She has a Master's degree in architecture, and worked as a designer for a prestigious New York firm before she left the Manhattan landscape for Wyoming, where she trained horses, photographed and wrote. Originally from New Zealand, John published his first book of photographs at the age of 17, earned his degree in photography in London, and met Yva in Wyoming near the Grand Tetons. Soon after, they proposed their first story idea to National Geographic magazine and saw it accepted.

Their photographic essays appeared in National Geographic, Audubon, Smithsonian, Geo France, Geo Spain, Geo Russe, BBC Wildlife, Nature's Best, Terre Sauvage, Stern, Focus, The Observer, Wildlife Conservation, Equinox , Sinra and Nature Canada. Their images were printed by Life, Time, Newsweek, The New York Times, Natural History, Geo Germany, Travel and Leisure, The Sophisticated Traveler, Illustre, Panorama, Elle, Airone, Gente Viaggi, BBC World, Outdoor Photographer, Camera 35, Modern Photography, The Geographic Magazine, Nature Canada, Harry Abrams, Chanticleer Press, Grolier, Reader's Digest Books. Their images have been used for advertising campaigns by BMW, Ford, Toyota, Canon, and major pharmaceutical and computer companies.

John and Yva published six books: High Country, (A.W.&A.H. Reed,) This Marvellous Terrible Place; Images of Newfoundland and Labrador, and In a Sea of Wind; Images of the Prairies (both Camden House Publishing,) as well as Mustang (Rufus Publications, 1996) with an essay by Sharon Curtin, and two books for children in 2009, Face to Face with Wild Horses and Face to Face with Penguins, both in the acclaimed National Geographic Society series. They lectured recently at the Annenberg Space for Photography in Los Angeles.

When not in the field, John and Yva hang their hats on a hilltop with a sweeping view of old river valleys bordering the Catskills near Hurley, NY.
Bald Eagle (Haliaeetus leucocephalus) adult portrait, spring, south central Alaska  -  Yva Momatiuk & John Eastcott
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00343908 Bald Eagle (Haliaeetus leucocephalus) adult portrait, spring, south central Alaska© Yva Momatiuk & John Eastcott
Pacific Walrus (Odobenus rosmarus divergens) bull portrait on coastal rocks in haul-out cove, summer, Round Island, Bering Sea, Bristol Bay, Alaska  -  Yva Momatiuk & John Eastcott
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00344063 Pacific Walrus (Odobenus rosmarus divergens) bull portrait on coastal rocks in haul-out cove, summer, Round Island, Bering Sea, Bristol Bay, Alaska© Yva Momatiuk & John Eastcott
African Elephant (Loxodonta africana) five year old male calves play push and pull games to test strength and establish dominance, Masai Mara National Reserve, Kenya  -  Yva Momatiuk & John Eastcott
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00344808 African Elephant (Loxodonta africana) five year old male calves play push and pull games to test strength and establish dominance, Masai Mara National Reserve, Kenya© Yva Momatiuk & John Eastcott
Grizzly Bear (Ursus arctos horribilis) 4 month old cubs trying to engage mother in play, Katmai National Park, Alaska  -  Yva Momatiuk & John Eastcott
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00345263 Grizzly Bear (Ursus arctos horribilis) 4 month old cubs trying to engage mother in play, Katmai National Park, Alaska© Yva Momatiuk & John Eastcott
American Beaver (Castor canadensis) a semi-aquatic rodent swimming across calm pond behind beaver dam on mountain river, fall foliage reflectd in water, evening, Denali National Park, Alaska  -  Yva Momatiuk & John Eastcott
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00345392 American Beaver (Castor canadensis) a semi-aquatic rodent swimming across calm pond behind beaver dam on mountain river, fall foliage reflectd in water, evening, Denali National Park, Alaska© Yva Momatiuk & John Eastcott
Gentoo Penguin (Pygoscelis papua) parent huddling with two chicks, Booth Island, Antarctica  -  Yva Momatiuk & John Eastcott
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00345581 Gentoo Penguin (Pygoscelis papua) parent huddling with two chicks, Booth Island, Antarctica© Yva Momatiuk & John Eastcott
Grand Teton peak with cumulus clouds, Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming  -  Yva Momatiuk & John Eastcott
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00431126 Grand Teton peak with cumulus clouds, Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming© Yva Momatiuk & John Eastcott
Colorful hoodoos, sandstone spires in alpenglow, Bryce Canyon National Park, Utah  -  Yva Momatiuk & John Eastcott
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00431140 Colorful hoodoos, sandstone spires in alpenglow, Bryce Canyon National Park, Utah© Yva Momatiuk & John Eastcott
Red Fox (Vulpes vulpes) hunting, Denali National Park, Alaska  -  Yva Momatiuk & John Eastcott
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00440911 Red Fox (Vulpes vulpes) hunting, Denali National Park, Alaska© Yva Momatiuk & John Eastcott
Alaska Moose (Alces alces gigas) sub-adult bull with antlers shedding velvet feeding in tundra pond, Denali National Park, Alaska  -  Yva Momatiuk & John Eastcott
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00452095 Alaska Moose (Alces alces gigas) sub-adult bull with antlers shedding velvet feeding in tundra pond, Denali National Park, Alaska© Yva Momatiuk & John Eastcott
Southern Elephant Seal (Mirounga leonina) pups, fat and docile weaners stay together for company and reassurance, St. Andrews Bay, South Georgia Island  -  Yva Momatiuk & John Eastcott
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00345926 Southern Elephant Seal (Mirounga leonina) pups, fat and docile weaners stay together for company and reassurance, St. Andrews Bay, South Georgia Island© Yva Momatiuk & John Eastcott
Grizzly Bear (Ursus arctos horribilis) mother with two 4 month old cubs sitting in grass together, Katmai National Park, Alaska  -  Yva Momatiuk & John Eastcott
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00345258 Grizzly Bear (Ursus arctos horribilis) mother with two 4 month old cubs sitting in grass together, Katmai National Park, Alaska© Yva Momatiuk & John Eastcott
Quaking Aspen (Populus tremuloides) trees in autumn, Rocky Mountains, Colorado
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00559140 Quaking Aspen (Populus tremuloides) trees in autumn, Rocky Mountains, Colorado© Yva Momatiuk & John Eastcott
Climber climbing rock, Indian Creek, Utah
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00559216 Climber climbing rock, Indian Creek, Utah© Yva Momatiuk & John Eastcott
Joshua Tree (Yucca brevifolia) group, Joshua Tree National Park, California
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00559247 Joshua Tree (Yucca brevifolia) group, Joshua Tree National Park, California© Yva Momatiuk & John Eastcott
Sandstone rock formations, Vermillion Cliffs National Monument, Arizona
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00559262 Sandstone rock formations, Vermillion Cliffs National Monument, Arizona© Yva Momatiuk & John Eastcott
Ostrich (Struthio camelus) sub-adults at waterhole in dry season, Etosha National Park, Namibia
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00564559 Ostrich (Struthio camelus) sub-adults at waterhole in dry season, Etosha National Park, Namibia© Yva Momatiuk & John Eastcott
Angolan Giraffe (Giraffa giraffa angolensis) and Hartmann's Mountain Zebra (Equus zebra hartmannae) group in dry season, Etosha National Park, Namibia
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00564672 Angolan Giraffe (Giraffa giraffa angolensis) and Hartmann's Mountain Zebra (Equus zebra hartmannae) group in dry season, Etosha National Park, Namibia© Yva Momatiuk & John Eastcott
Neneo (Anarthrophyllum desideratum) flowering in spring, Torres del Paine National Park, Patagonia, Chile
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00573661 Neneo (Anarthrophyllum desideratum) flowering in spring, Torres del Paine National Park, Patagonia, Chile© Yva Momatiuk & John Eastcott
Sockeye Salmon (Oncorhynchus nerka) group swimming in fast current during spawning run, Adams River, Roderick Haig-Brown Provincial Park, British Columbia, Canada
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00451944 Sockeye Salmon (Oncorhynchus nerka) group swimming in fast current during spawning run, Adams River, Roderick Haig-Brown Provincial Park, British Columbia, Canada© Yva Momatiuk & John Eastcott
Southern Elephant Seal (Mirounga leonina) juveniles play fighting on beach near King Penguin (Aptenodytes patagonicus) rookery, Allardyce Range in background, fall, St Andrews Bay, South Georgia Islan...  -  Yva Momatiuk & John Eastcott
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00345336 Southern Elephant Seal (Mirounga leonina) juveniles play fighting on beach near King Penguin (Aptenodytes patagonicus) rookery, Allardyce Range in background, fall, St Andrews Bay, South Georgia Islan...© Yva Momatiuk & John Eastcott
Gray Wolf (Canis lupus) juvenile, on colorful autumn tundra, Denali National Park, Alaska  -  Yva Momatiuk & John Eastcott
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00345386 Gray Wolf (Canis lupus) juvenile, on colorful autumn tundra, Denali National Park, Alaska© Yva Momatiuk & John Eastcott
American Beaver (Castor canadensis) young animal munching on alder branches in glacial kettle pond, Denali National Park and Preserve, Alaska
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00344201 American Beaver (Castor canadensis) young animal munching on alder branches in glacial kettle pond, Denali National Park and Preserve, Alaska© Yva Momatiuk & John Eastcott
Blue tall iceberg floating in dark sea, South Georgia Island  -  Yva Momatiuk & John Eastcott
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00345877 Blue tall iceberg floating in dark sea, South Georgia Island© Yva Momatiuk & John Eastcott
Eastern Grey Kangaroo (Macropus giganteus) female playing with joey, Yuraygir National Park, New South Wales, Australia  -  Yva Momatiuk & John Eastcott
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00462662 Eastern Grey Kangaroo (Macropus giganteus) female playing with joey, Yuraygir National Park, New South Wales, Australia© Yva Momatiuk & John Eastcott
Dall's Sheep (Ovis dalli) ram, Denali National Park, Alaska  -  Yva Momatiuk & John Eastcott
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00440934 Dall's Sheep (Ovis dalli) ram, Denali National Park, Alaska© Yva Momatiuk & John Eastcott
Bald Eagle (Haliaeetus leucocephalus) adult flying with snowy mountains of Kachemak Bay in background, spring, south central Alaska  -  Yva Momatiuk & John Eastcott
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00343849 Bald Eagle (Haliaeetus leucocephalus) adult flying with snowy mountains of Kachemak Bay in background, spring, south central Alaska© Yva Momatiuk & John Eastcott
Adelie Penguin (Pygoscelis adeliae) flapping wings, Holtedahl Bay, Antarctica  -  Yva Momatiuk & John Eastcott
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00345611 Adelie Penguin (Pygoscelis adeliae) flapping wings, Holtedahl Bay, Antarctica© Yva Momatiuk & John Eastcott
Leopard (Panthera pardus) large male resting after hunt and devouring its kill, Masai Mara National Reserve, Kenya  -  Yva Momatiuk & John Eastcott
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00102199 Leopard (Panthera pardus) large male resting after hunt and devouring its kill, Masai Mara National Reserve, Kenya© Yva Momatiuk & John Eastcott
Mustang (Equus caballus) mare and foal silhouetted against evening sky during summer, Montana
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00340054 Mustang (Equus caballus) mare and foal silhouetted against evening sky during summer, Montana© Yva Momatiuk & John Eastcott
Arctic Fox (Alopex lagopus) in blue phase on coastal cliff, Saint Paul Island, Pribilof Islands, Alaska
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00340695 Arctic Fox (Alopex lagopus) in blue phase on coastal cliff, Saint Paul Island, Pribilof Islands, Alaska© Yva Momatiuk & John Eastcott
Colorful sandstone patterns of lines, ridges and ripples, carved by erosion, are reflected in rainwater pool, Vermilion Cliffs National Monument, Colorado Plateau, Utah  -  Yva Momatiuk & John Eastcott
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00341038 Colorful sandstone patterns of lines, ridges and ripples, carved by erosion, are reflected in rainwater pool, Vermilion Cliffs National Monument, Colorado Plateau, Utah© Yva Momatiuk & John Eastcott
Atlantic Puffin (Fratercula arctica) adults congregate in colony on coastal cliff during summer breeding season, Newfoundland, Canada  -  Yva Momatiuk & John Eastcott
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00342551 Atlantic Puffin (Fratercula arctica) adults congregate in colony on coastal cliff during summer breeding season, Newfoundland, Canada© Yva Momatiuk & John Eastcott
Cheetah (Acinonyx jubatus) portrait of adult female, resting but alert, Masai Mara National Reserve, Kenya  -  Yva Momatiuk & John Eastcott
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00344996 Cheetah (Acinonyx jubatus) portrait of adult female, resting but alert, Masai Mara National Reserve, Kenya© Yva Momatiuk & John Eastcott
Organ Pipe Cactus (Stenocereus thurberi) with many stalks, spring evening, during drought year, Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument, Arizona  -  Yva Momatiuk & John Eastcott
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00343712 Organ Pipe Cactus (Stenocereus thurberi) with many stalks, spring evening, during drought year, Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument, Arizona© Yva Momatiuk & John Eastcott
Cheetah (Acinonyx jubatus) adult female, with her cubs resting on termite mound, evening, Masai Mara National Reserve, Kenya  -  Yva Momatiuk & John Eastcott
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00345011 Cheetah (Acinonyx jubatus) adult female, with her cubs resting on termite mound, evening, Masai Mara National Reserve, Kenya© Yva Momatiuk & John Eastcott
Bald Eagle (Haliaeetus leucocephalus) fishing in the sea, spring, Kenai Peninsula, south central Alaska  -  Yva Momatiuk & John Eastcott
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00343847 Bald Eagle (Haliaeetus leucocephalus) fishing in the sea, spring, Kenai Peninsula, south central Alaska© Yva Momatiuk & John Eastcott
Pacific Walrus (Odobenus rosmarus divergens) bull portrait on coastal rocks in haul-out cove, summer, Round Island, Bering Sea, Bristol Bay, Alaska  -  Yva Momatiuk & John Eastcott
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00344073 Pacific Walrus (Odobenus rosmarus divergens) bull portrait on coastal rocks in haul-out cove, summer, Round Island, Bering Sea, Bristol Bay, Alaska© Yva Momatiuk & John Eastcott
African Lion (Panthera leo) three month old cub climbing tree stump, Masai Mara National Reserve, Kenya  -  Yva Momatiuk & John Eastcott
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00344603 African Lion (Panthera leo) three month old cub climbing tree stump, Masai Mara National Reserve, Kenya© Yva Momatiuk & John Eastcott
Blue Wildebeest (Connochaetes taurinus) herd trying to cross Mara River, fleeing from hungry Crocodiles, Masai Mara National Reserve, Kenya  -  Yva Momatiuk & John Eastcott
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00344898 Blue Wildebeest (Connochaetes taurinus) herd trying to cross Mara River, fleeing from hungry Crocodiles, Masai Mara National Reserve, Kenya© Yva Momatiuk & John Eastcott
Burchell's Zebra (Equus burchellii) and Blue Wildebeest (Connochaetes taurinus) herds grazing together in open grassland during short rainy season in November, Masai Mara National Reserve, Kenya  -  Yva Momatiuk & John Eastcott
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00344933 Burchell's Zebra (Equus burchellii) and Blue Wildebeest (Connochaetes taurinus) herds grazing together in open grassland during short rainy season in November, Masai Mara National Reserve, Kenya© Yva Momatiuk & John Eastcott
White Rhinoceros (Ceratotherium simum) male, walking on grassy flats near lake, Lake Nakuru National Park, Kenya  -  Yva Momatiuk & John Eastcott
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00345108 White Rhinoceros (Ceratotherium simum) male, walking on grassy flats near lake, Lake Nakuru National Park, Kenya© Yva Momatiuk & John Eastcott
Gentoo Penguin (Pygoscelis papua) flapping wings and walking on beach in surf, evening, Cooper Bay, South Georgia Island, Southern Ocean, Antarctic Convergence  -  Yva Momatiuk & John Eastcott
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00345365 Gentoo Penguin (Pygoscelis papua) flapping wings and walking on beach in surf, evening, Cooper Bay, South Georgia Island, Southern Ocean, Antarctic Convergence© Yva Momatiuk & John Eastcott
Waterfalls of river flowing from glaciers and snow fields of Fitzroy Massif cascading over rocks, Andes, Los Glaciares National Park, Patagonia, Argentina  -  Yva Momatiuk & John Eastcott
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00346019 Waterfalls of river flowing from glaciers and snow fields of Fitzroy Massif cascading over rocks, Andes, Los Glaciares National Park, Patagonia, Argentina© Yva Momatiuk & John Eastcott
King Penguin (Aptenodytes patagonicus) group walking among Southern Elephant Seals (Mirounga leonina) on beach during seals breeding season, St. Andrews Bay, South Georgia Island  -  Yva Momatiuk & John Eastcott
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00420002 King Penguin (Aptenodytes patagonicus) group walking among Southern Elephant Seals (Mirounga leonina) on beach during seals breeding season, St. Andrews Bay, South Georgia Island© Yva Momatiuk & John Eastcott
Giant Sequoia (Sequoiadendron giganteum) trees after first snow, Sequoia National Park, California  -  Yva Momatiuk & John Eastcott
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00431218 Giant Sequoia (Sequoiadendron giganteum) trees after first snow, Sequoia National Park, California© Yva Momatiuk & John Eastcott
Dall's Sheep (Ovis dalli) ram, Denali National Park, Alaska  -  Yva Momatiuk & John Eastcott
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00440933 Dall's Sheep (Ovis dalli) ram, Denali National Park, Alaska© Yva Momatiuk & John Eastcott
Semipalmated Sandpiper (Calidris pusilla) flock on beach, Bay of Fundy, New Brunswick, Canada  -  Yva Momatiuk & John Eastcott
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00536676 Semipalmated Sandpiper (Calidris pusilla) flock on beach, Bay of Fundy, New Brunswick, Canada© Yva Momatiuk & John Eastcott
Snow Goose (Chen caerulescens) flock taking flight from pond, Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge, New Mexico  -  Yva Momatiuk & John Eastcott
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00536698 Snow Goose (Chen caerulescens) flock taking flight from pond, Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge, New Mexico© Yva Momatiuk & John Eastcott
Wild Horse (Equus caballus) stallion herd, Pryor Mountain Wild Horse Range, Montana  -  Yva Momatiuk & John Eastcott
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00537206 Wild Horse (Equus caballus) stallion herd, Pryor Mountain Wild Horse Range, Montana© Yva Momatiuk & John Eastcott
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