A bear on the edge

Sergey Gor­shkov, Rus­sia

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A soli­tary po­lar bear walks along a glacier in Franz Josef Land – an ar­chi­pel­ago of 191 un­in­hib­ited is­lands in the Arc­tic that was re­cently added to the ex­panded Rus­sian Arc­tic Na­tional Park. It’s an image that sums up the per­ilous predica­ment of the Arc­tic in gen­eral: the vul­ner­a­bil­ity of an iconic an­i­mal that de­pends en­tirely on this frozen wilder­ness to sur­vive. Sergey’s photo was highly com­mended in the “An­i­mals in Their En­vi­ron­ment” cat­e­gory.

HOW? Nikon D5, Nikon 70 – 200 mm lens, shut­ter speed 1/3 200 sec­ond, aper­ture f5, ISO 500.

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