2015 May Photograph of the Month: Ice Bear

My photograph of the month for May 2015 follows on the Polar Bear theme from last month. In fact, this was the same Polar Bear as the previous photograph; although this image was taken a couple of days earlier and in a different location. The bear surrounded by winter ice with its paw raised, mid step, walking straight toward the camera is a powerful iconic image of the world’s largest land predator. My heart was racing when I took this image and it rates as one of the most exciting experiences I have had in the field photographing wildlife. The bear was in hunting mode, prowling the ice in search of food. It would stop occasionally and test the strength of the ice, smell at a particular place and then move on. It watched me intently as I crouched behind my snowmobile making images until it was time to move on before the bear got to close.SvalbardYou can Win a free Fine art Print  13″ x 19″ of this photograph including shipping anywhere in the world. All you need do is to be the first to comment on this post on the home page with your thoughts on why you like this photograph or why you would like to own a print of the image and then share the post with your preferred social media outlet. Just keep in mind that due to my hectic travel schedule it may take me some time to make and post out each print so if you are the lucky winner for a given month I ask that you jut exercise a little patience and as soon as I am back in my studio in Australia and as soon as practical I will make the print and send it to you – free of charge. Each print will be made and personally signed by me with the same care and attention to detail I exercise on my large gallery prints. There will be a total of twelve prints to win throughout the calendar year. The first four prints of the year were won by Fred JenningsChris RobertsCaroline Hind and Nita Gulbas and their prints have now been delivered, framed by them and are hanging on their walls.

Good luck and don’t forget in order to win the print you need to be the first to comment here on the home page on the May photograph of the Month for the 2015 calendar year with your thoughts on why you like the photograph or why you would like to own a print and to then share the post with your social media outlet of choice.

11 thoughts on “2015 May Photograph of the Month: Ice Bear

  1. Great shot, Joshua. A gorgeous bear out for a stroll, blending in its white environment. It seems to suddenly notice you, kind of wondering what is this new type of animal on it the horizon?

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  2. This is an absolutely magnificent image f a threatened species in an endangered environment.
    I’m hoping to get something half as good when I’m in the Arctic in July.
    This image has my name all over it.

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  3. Like the pose of the bear. I can feel his strength and I wouldn’t like to meet him face to face without any place to escape. Great shot.

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  4. This image remind me of the strength we all have at times of adversity. Thank you, need that from time to time

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  5. It’s a gorgeous image, and I love that the bear is on the move. That one paw off the ground is almost casual. (Plus – my mother would be most excited to have this on her wall, and I would love to make that happen!)

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  6. Joshua, you would not believe how surprised I was when I saw coming in the corner of my screen the image of your incoming blog text with the headlines congratulating the 3 of us on winning your May print. After a long day at work today, this made my evening. Pure coincidence that I happened to be sitting in front of my computer at the same time that your notice came in.

    It will get a beautiful frame upon its arrival. Every time I will look at it, it will entice me to join one of your tours to see these majestic creatures but first, I still have to get over my ‘Antartic’ discomfort of being on a ‘boat tour’! Thank you very much for this great gift and for being so generous!

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