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Mandarin duck by Russ Burden

Mandarin Duck by Russ Burden, Art in Nature Winner, Nature's Best Photography Windland Smith Rice International Awards

Conservation Photographer of the Year:
Howard Ruby

While on a photo expedition in northern Canada, Ruby saw first-hand the effects of climate change on the Arctic and the polar bear. “Visiting the Arctic changed my life,” explains Ruby. “I was overwhelmed by the human-like qualities of the polar bears, especially the bond between mother and cub. When I returned home, I realized that global warming was very real, and that polar bears are perhaps the ‘canary in the coal mine.’ Those photographs became more than great nature shots—they had a very important story to tell the world.” Ruby continues to travel to various locations in the Arctic to document sea ice, glaciers, landscapes, and the wildlife that are in danger of losing their habitat and thus food sources.

Ruby now uses his photographs to educate children, as well as adults, about the environmental concerns facing us today and the important steps we can take to help identify problems and solutions.

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