Photo of the Month April 2017 – Polar Bear Play

A few days ago I returned back to Australia after more than two months of back-to-back expeditions to Finland, Iceland and Svalbard in winter (I will have trip reports over the coming weeks). During the course of these travels I shot over thirty thousand images and now have many weeks of editing ahead of me. One of my initial selects is of a mother Polar Bear and her cub playing on the sea ice at twilight. This photograph was made on a private snow mobile expedition on the East coast of Svalbard during which we were filming for a new short film on polar photography to be released later this year. The cub was rolling around on the ice playfully as the mother watched on. We were extremely fortunate to have some absolutely superb winter light on the distant mountains.

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