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Environmental Issues Winner

Nature's Best Photography Windland Smith Rice International Awards


Svalbard, Norway

by Norbert Rosing

Grafrath, Germany

“This image was taken from a cruise ship in an archipelago near the island of Svalbard, Norway. It was late August, and as far as I could see, the Arctic Ocean was covered with small pieces of broken sea ice drifting slowly along with the current. This polar bear hardly moved the entire time I watched him from the ship. The only place it could have gone was to the nearest island by swimming.

“When I returned to my home in Germany, I continued to watch the weather map of Svalbard at 79° North, far above the Arctic Circle. The temperature stayed above freezing long into the winter.

“Will this be the future of polar bears, waiting for ice to form, which may not happen early enough for them to hunt for seals? Then what? That is a scary thought.”

Leica R9; 28-90mm lens; 1/800 sec at f/5.6; Fujichrome Velvia 100; Rue Window Pod.

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