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18th Annual Smithsonian Magazine Photo Contest Natural World
Mother and Cub

I saw a polar bear mother and her newborn cubs in Wapusk National Park, Canada in March 2016. The -35F degree windy weather became even more challenging after sleet coated my camera, lens, and other gear in a solid layer of ice. Luckily, after several days of waiting, the mother cub finally emerged from her den with two three-month old cubs. I made this photo while the mother patiently waited as one cub carefully teetered towards her on icy ground covered in a layer of freshly fallen snow.

Photo Detail
Date Taken: 03.2016
Date Uploaded: 11.2020
Photo Location: Wapusk National Park, Canada
Camera: Canon EOS-1D X
Copyright: © Baoting Chen