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17th Annual Smithsonian Magazine Photo Contest Natural World
On The Brink

Soon after arriving in Isbukta on the eastern coast of Svalbard, we rushed out under the midnight sun in a small zodiac to witness what we'd come all that way to see, a polar bear. This solitary female slowly wandered along the ice in front of a gigantic glacial wall looking for a place to sleep and soon settled down in amongst the snow. For me this scene, although an incredible privilege to experience, was a poignant one. To witness these two arctic giants together gave a strong reminder of their increasingly uncertain futures and that sights such as this may soon become a thing of the past.

Photo Detail
Date Taken: 05.2019
Date Uploaded: 11.2019
Photo Location: Svalbard and Jan Mayen
Camera: NIKON D7500
Copyright: © Christian Tuckwell-Smith