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Sergey Gorshkov is a naturalist photographer by vocation. He chooses his subjects himself, preferring to photograph only the things that deeply attract him. Nature has always been Sergey's passion and he especially likes to work in Kamchatka, particularly with the local wild Brown Bear population.

He describes his introduction to photography , "I have been shooting wildlife for a long time without any special education. I am self-taught, moving forward by trial and error. No one can learn to shoot wildlife by working in a studio. Nature is my main teacher and I'm still taking lessons.

After extensive world travels Sergey realized that Russia boasts many beautiful locales, and one of them, the wilderness of Kamchatka captured his heart forever. "Kamchatka has its own special magic force. When I came to it's mountains the first time, I felt like I was reveling in its freedom. This land has a special influence upon a man and it is the only place where you can feel yourself as a part of the wilderness. I am always eager to return so I can experience this feeling of freedom. Kamchatka hypnotizes you and almost forces you to come back to the primitive life of humankind".

The bears of Kamchatka are the favorite characters of Sergey's photos though his first encounter with this dangerous predator had nothing in common with photography. "It appeared that first I saw a bear during hunting, through the crosshairs of my scope sight. Now I know that to notice and shoot the unusual behavior of a bear, to slink by the furious she-bear and her cubs, to shoot coupling of salmon hunting bears is an inexpressibly more beautiful and difficult task than to kill an animal. As my experience proves, the best thing about hunting with a camera is that you can satisfy your hunting instinct without the need of killing."

"The lens of my camera is a connecting link between the wild world and me. It helps me to see things, to make photos and to reproduce the beauty of wild natures. All those scenes that I have seen while living close to the bears in their vanishing world that is disappearing little by little from the face of the earth."
Leopard (Panthera pardus) snarling, Botswana  -  Sergey Gorshkov
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00447945 Leopard (Panthera pardus) snarling, Botswana© Sergey Gorshkov
Pacific Walrus (Odobenus rosmarus divergens), Wrangel Island, Russia  -  Sergey Gorshkov
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00520484 Pacific Walrus (Odobenus rosmarus divergens), Wrangel Island, Russia© Sergey Gorshkov
Steller's Sea Eagle (Haliaeetus pelagicus) flying, Kamchatka, Russia  -  Sergey Gorshkov
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00782293 Steller's Sea Eagle (Haliaeetus pelagicus) flying, Kamchatka, Russia© Sergey Gorshkov
Red Fox (Vulpes vulpes) smelling snow, Kamchatka, Russia  -  Sergey Gorshkov
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00782164 Red Fox (Vulpes vulpes) smelling snow, Kamchatka, Russia© Sergey Gorshkov
Muskox (Ovibos moschatus) calf resting near female, Wrangel Island, Russia  -  Sergey Gorshkov
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00519519 Muskox (Ovibos moschatus) calf resting near female, Wrangel Island, Russia© Sergey Gorshkov
Arctic Fox (Alopex lagopus) pouncing, Wrangel Island, Russia  -  Sergey Gorshkov
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00519764 Arctic Fox (Alopex lagopus) pouncing, Wrangel Island, Russia© Sergey Gorshkov
Brown Bear (Ursus arctos) in river, Kamchatka, Russia  -  Sergey Gorshkov
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00782098 Brown Bear (Ursus arctos) in river, Kamchatka, Russia© Sergey Gorshkov
Brown Bear (Ursus arctos) feeding on salmon eggs, Kamchatka, Russia  -  Sergey Gorshkov
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00782127 Brown Bear (Ursus arctos) feeding on salmon eggs, Kamchatka, Russia© Sergey Gorshkov
Sockeye Salmon (Oncorhynchus nerka) at various life stages including eggs and alevins, Kamchatka, Russia  -  Sergey Gorshkov
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00782208 Sockeye Salmon (Oncorhynchus nerka) at various life stages including eggs and alevins, Kamchatka, Russia© Sergey Gorshkov
Steller's Sea Eagle (Haliaeetus pelagicus) flying, Kamchatka, Russia  -  Sergey Gorshkov
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00782304 Steller's Sea Eagle (Haliaeetus pelagicus) flying, Kamchatka, Russia© Sergey Gorshkov
Black-billed Capercaillie (Tetrao parvirostris) male displaying and calling, Kamchatka, Russia  -  Sergey Gorshkov
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00782319 Black-billed Capercaillie (Tetrao parvirostris) male displaying and calling, Kamchatka, Russia© Sergey Gorshkov
Leopard (Panthera pardus) resting, Botswana  -  Sergey Gorshkov
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00445749 Leopard (Panthera pardus) resting, Botswana© Sergey Gorshkov
Tolbachik Volcano erupting, Kamchatka, Russia  -  Sergey Gorshkov
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00511808 Tolbachik Volcano erupting, Kamchatka, Russia© Sergey Gorshkov
Snowy Owl (Nyctea scandiaca) chick in defensive posture, Wrangel Island, Russia  -  Sergey Gorshkov
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00519329 Snowy Owl (Nyctea scandiaca) chick in defensive posture, Wrangel Island, Russia© Sergey Gorshkov
Muskox (Ovibos moschatus) pair, Wrangel Island, Russia  -  Sergey Gorshkov
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00519699 Muskox (Ovibos moschatus) pair, Wrangel Island, Russia© Sergey Gorshkov
Arctic Fox (Alopex lagopus) chasing Snow Goose (Chen caerulesens) off its nest, Wrangel Island, Russia  -  Sergey Gorshkov
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00519901 Arctic Fox (Alopex lagopus) chasing Snow Goose (Chen caerulesens) off its nest, Wrangel Island, Russia© Sergey Gorshkov
Muskox (Ovibos moschatus) herd on tundra, Wrangel Island, Russia  -  Sergey Gorshkov
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00519524 Muskox (Ovibos moschatus) herd on tundra, Wrangel Island, Russia© Sergey Gorshkov
Snow Goose (Chen caerulescens) group taking flight and calling, Wrangel Island, Russia  -  Sergey Gorshkov
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00520239 Snow Goose (Chen caerulescens) group taking flight and calling, Wrangel Island, Russia© Sergey Gorshkov
Red-billed Oxpecker (Buphagus erythrorhynchus) trio on White Rhinoceros (Ceratotherium simum), Sabi-sands Game Reserve, South Africa  -  Sergey Gorshkov
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00546393 Red-billed Oxpecker (Buphagus erythrorhynchus) trio on White Rhinoceros (Ceratotherium simum), Sabi-sands Game Reserve, South Africa© Sergey Gorshkov
Leopard (Panthera pardus), Sabi-sands Game Reserve, South Africa  -  Sergey Gorshkov
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00546435 Leopard (Panthera pardus), Sabi-sands Game Reserve, South Africa© Sergey Gorshkov
Leopard (Panthera pardus), Londolozi, Sabi-sands Game Reserve, South Africa
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00558472 Leopard (Panthera pardus), Londolozi, Sabi-sands Game Reserve, South Africa© Sergey Gorshkov
Leopard (Panthera pardus) carrying Bontebok (Damaliscus pygargus) calf prey, Londolozi, Sabi-sands Game Reserve, South Africa
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00558492 Leopard (Panthera pardus) carrying Bontebok (Damaliscus pygargus) calf prey, Londolozi, Sabi-sands Game Reserve, South Africa© Sergey Gorshkov
Red Fox (Vulpes vulpes) on snow, Kamchatka, Russia  -  Sergey Gorshkov
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00782312 Red Fox (Vulpes vulpes) on snow, Kamchatka, Russia© Sergey Gorshkov
Brown Bear (Ursus arctos) in river, Kamchatka, Russia  -  Sergey Gorshkov
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00782114 Brown Bear (Ursus arctos) in river, Kamchatka, Russia© Sergey Gorshkov
Steller's Sea Eagle (Haliaeetus pelagicus) trio on snowbank, Kamchatka, Russia  -  Sergey Gorshkov
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00782262 Steller's Sea Eagle (Haliaeetus pelagicus) trio on snowbank, Kamchatka, Russia© Sergey Gorshkov
Sockeye Salmon (Oncorhynchus nerka) dying after spawning, Kamchatka, Russia  -  Sergey Gorshkov
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00782250 Sockeye Salmon (Oncorhynchus nerka) dying after spawning, Kamchatka, Russia© Sergey Gorshkov
Western Roe Deer (Capreolus capreolus) jumping, Kamchatka, Russia  -  Sergey Gorshkov
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00782187 Western Roe Deer (Capreolus capreolus) jumping, Kamchatka, Russia© Sergey Gorshkov
Brown Bear (Ursus arctos) holding salmon in its mouth, Kamchatka, Russia  -  Sergey Gorshkov
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00782129 Brown Bear (Ursus arctos) holding salmon in its mouth, Kamchatka, Russia© Sergey Gorshkov
Brown Bear (Ursus arctos) foraging, Kamchatka, Russia  -  Sergey Gorshkov
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00782116 Brown Bear (Ursus arctos) foraging, Kamchatka, Russia© Sergey Gorshkov
Brown Bear (Ursus arctos) in river near human encampment with domestic dogs barking at it, Kamchatka, Russia  -  Sergey Gorshkov
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00782043 Brown Bear (Ursus arctos) in river near human encampment with domestic dogs barking at it, Kamchatka, Russia© Sergey Gorshkov
Brown Bear (Ursus arctos) group foraging for salmon, normally solitary they may congregate at fishing rivers, Kamchatka, Russia  -  Sergey Gorshkov
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00782021 Brown Bear (Ursus arctos) group foraging for salmon, normally solitary they may congregate at fishing rivers, Kamchatka, Russia© Sergey Gorshkov
Brown Bear (Ursus arctos) cub, Kamchatka, Russia  -  Sergey Gorshkov
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00782025 Brown Bear (Ursus arctos) cub, Kamchatka, Russia© Sergey Gorshkov
Caribou (Rangifer tarandus) mother and calf nuzzling, Kamchatka, Russia  -  Sergey Gorshkov
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00782253 Caribou (Rangifer tarandus) mother and calf nuzzling, Kamchatka, Russia© Sergey Gorshkov
Brown Bear (Ursus arctos) mother and cub, Kamchatka, Russia  -  Sergey Gorshkov
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00782040 Brown Bear (Ursus arctos) mother and cub, Kamchatka, Russia© Sergey Gorshkov
Steller's Sea Eagle (Haliaeetus pelagicus) flying with fish in claws, Kamchatka, Russia  -  Sergey Gorshkov
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00782302 Steller's Sea Eagle (Haliaeetus pelagicus) flying with fish in claws, Kamchatka, Russia© Sergey Gorshkov
Brown Bear (Ursus arctos) foraging, Kamchatka, Russia  -  Sergey Gorshkov
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00782010 Brown Bear (Ursus arctos) foraging, Kamchatka, Russia© Sergey Gorshkov
Steller's Sea Eagle (Haliaeetus pelagicus) adult and juvenile fighting, Kamchatka, Russia  -  Sergey Gorshkov
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00782287 Steller's Sea Eagle (Haliaeetus pelagicus) adult and juvenile fighting, Kamchatka, Russia© Sergey Gorshkov
Steller's Sea Eagle (Haliaeetus pelagicus) juveniles fighting, Kamchatka, Russia  -  Sergey Gorshkov
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00782264 Steller's Sea Eagle (Haliaeetus pelagicus) juveniles fighting, Kamchatka, Russia© Sergey Gorshkov
Brown Bear (Ursus arctos) portrait, Kamchatka, Russia  -  Sergey Gorshkov
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00782153 Brown Bear (Ursus arctos) portrait, Kamchatka, Russia© Sergey Gorshkov
Red-necked Phalarope (Phalaropus lobatus) female spreading its wings, Kamchatka, Russia  -  Sergey Gorshkov
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00782180 Red-necked Phalarope (Phalaropus lobatus) female spreading its wings, Kamchatka, Russia© Sergey Gorshkov
Steller's Sea Eagle (Haliaeetus pelagicus) flying, Kamchatka, Russia  -  Sergey Gorshkov
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00782290 Steller's Sea Eagle (Haliaeetus pelagicus) flying, Kamchatka, Russia© Sergey Gorshkov
Steller's Sea Eagle (Haliaeetus pelagicus) juveniles fighting, Kamchatka, Russia  -  Sergey Gorshkov
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00782301 Steller's Sea Eagle (Haliaeetus pelagicus) juveniles fighting, Kamchatka, Russia© Sergey Gorshkov
Sockeye Salmon (Oncorhynchus nerka) females, Kamchatka, Russia  -  Sergey Gorshkov
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00782201 Sockeye Salmon (Oncorhynchus nerka) females, Kamchatka, Russia© Sergey Gorshkov
Brown Bear (Ursus arctos) playing with a piece of wood, Kamchatka, Russia  -  Sergey Gorshkov
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00782096 Brown Bear (Ursus arctos) playing with a piece of wood, Kamchatka, Russia© Sergey Gorshkov
Brown Bear (Ursus arctos) feeding on salmon in river, Kamchatka, Russia  -  Sergey Gorshkov
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00782101 Brown Bear (Ursus arctos) feeding on salmon in river, Kamchatka, Russia© Sergey Gorshkov
Brown Bear (Ursus arctos) in river, Kamchatka, Russia  -  Sergey Gorshkov
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00782017 Brown Bear (Ursus arctos) in river, Kamchatka, Russia© Sergey Gorshkov
Brown Bear (Ursus arctos) on riverbank, Kamchatka, Russia  -  Sergey Gorshkov
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00782137 Brown Bear (Ursus arctos) on riverbank, Kamchatka, Russia© Sergey Gorshkov
Sockeye Salmon (Oncorhynchus nerka) alevins, Kamchatka, Russia  -  Sergey Gorshkov
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00782219 Sockeye Salmon (Oncorhynchus nerka) alevins, Kamchatka, Russia© Sergey Gorshkov
Black-billed Capercaillie (Tetrao parvirostris) male displaying and calling, Kamchatka, Russia  -  Sergey Gorshkov
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00782320 Black-billed Capercaillie (Tetrao parvirostris) male displaying and calling, Kamchatka, Russia© Sergey Gorshkov
Steller's Sea Eagle (Haliaeetus pelagicus) adult and juvenile fighting over fish, Kamchatka, Russia  -  Sergey Gorshkov
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00782286 Steller's Sea Eagle (Haliaeetus pelagicus) adult and juvenile fighting over fish, Kamchatka, Russia© Sergey Gorshkov
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