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The Higher You Climb...The Better The View...Creating Wild Horse Fine Art

white horse standing on top of the ridge

Photo Credit: Maria Marriott Photography

Last month my "Wyoming Wild" series was awarded an Honorable Mention in the Professional/Wild Life category of the PX3: The Prix of de la Photographie Paris competition. I am so excited to share the good news about this new wild horse artwork with all of you and honored to be recognized amongst such talented photographers from all over the world.

Today's featured image, "Beyond the Butte", was created this past May while visiting the McCullough Peaks HMA (Horse Management Area) in Wyoming. It's also part of the winning series of 5 images and the new addition to our McCullough Peaks Wild Horse collection.

It was early morning. The storm was approaching and we didn't know how much time we had before running back to our Jeep. I always wanted to capture an image of a McCullough Peaks' stallion with the view of the majestic Bridger Butte in the background.

Well, that was the day.

As I slowly walked up the ridge thinking about how I would compose my image IF I had a horse "available" on top, I spotted the gray and fierce stallion known as "Braveheart" standing alone overlooking his herd . Oh my! I would not have positioned him better even if I could.

When presented with such opportunity all I could think of was "If I can just press the shutter before he moves and it is too late!" One step to either side and the shot would not have been the same. Phew...Now it was time to run to the Jeep to avoid getting my gear wet.

You may have seen this small but mighty wild stallion before in my wild horse fine art. "Braveheart" is also part of the McCullough Peaks collection.


photographer maria marriott sitting with a wild horse canvas

An equestrian for most of her life, award winning equine photographer Maria Marriott combines her passion for horses with her art and the desire to bring public awareness to the American mustangs and the healing power of horses.

She is proud to have her equine fine art in collectors’ homes and offices throughout the world. Maria Marriott Photography is a proud supporter of non-profit organizations that tirelessly work to ensure the well-being of the American wild horses and promote healing through equine therapy.


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