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Grand Prize and Nature Winner — Photo and caption by Paul Souders/National Geographic Photo Contest — Seattle, Washington — The Ice Bear — A polar bear peers up from beneath the melting sea ice on Hudson Bay as …  moreGrand Prize and Nature Winner — Photo and caption by Paul Souders/National Geographic Photo Contest — Seattle, Washington — The Ice Bear — A polar bear peers up from beneath the melting sea ice on Hudson Bay as the setting midnight sun glows red from the smoke of distant fires during a record-breaking spell of hot weather. The Manitoba population of polar bears, the southernmost in the world, is particularly threatened by a warming climate and reduced sea ice. 8BIM less

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  • Inflammateur 5 hours ago

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    The photographer still alive?

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  • Glen 1 hour ago

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    We were at Como Zoo in St Paul MN. They have an exhibit with polar bears, and part of it is a pool, you can view from underwater, or walk o on ground level with a 4 ft wall next to the pool,. They can’t jump over the wall from the water. We walked up, just as one of the bears porpoised up from the water RIGHT in front of us…..He (she?) fell back into a back float, covered his mouth with both paws, and GRINNED from ear to ear, I swear to God. I think of them as almost human ever since.

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  • Annie 56 minutes ago

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    This is the shot of a lifetime!! Congratulations to the photographer!! It sends chills right through me!

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  • fungirl222 14 hours ago

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    That’s amazing! Great photography!

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    Did you know that a polar bear’s skin is actually black and their white fur is just thick, clear strands of hair that reflect light and appear to be white.

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    With a little imagination, it looks like that hole in the ice is shaped as a bear as well.

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    I would hope he was wearing diapers, I know I would’ve needed them!

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  • Dory Lubliner 4 hours ago

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    This overlay with the text is a stupid idea. It obscures half the photo!

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  • DEBORAH 21 minutes ago

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    Incredible!

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  • pat 19 minutes ago

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    My question to the folks who wrote the article, what is the actual decline in the polar bear population of the past 63 years, year over year?

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Winners of the National Geographic Photo Contest 2013

Proof, National Geographic’s online photography experience, has announced the winners of the 2013 National Geographic Photography Contest. A stunning photograph of a polar bear peering up from beneath the melting sea ice on Hudson Bay as more

Proof, National Geographic’s online photography experience, has announced the winners of the 2013 National Geographic Photography Contest. A stunning photograph of a polar bear peering up from beneath the melting sea ice on Hudson Bay as the setting midnight sun glows red from the smoke of distant fires has captured the grand prize. The photographer of “The Ice Bear” is Paul Souders of Seattle, Wash. He has won $10,000 (USD) and a trip to National Geographic headquarters in Washington, D.C., to participate in the annual National Geographic Photography Seminar in January 2014.
Cecile Baudier of Jylland, Denmark, placed first in the People category for the image “Together, Alone.” Adam Tan of Selangor, Malaysia, placed first in the Places category for his image “Long Road to Daybreak,” and Souders’ “The Ice Bear” took first place in the Nature category. The three winning images will be published in National Geographic magazine.
“The caliber of entries in the National Geographic Photo Contest continues to impress every year,” said Keith Jenkins, director of photography for NationalGeographic.com. “We were thrilled to see a global community of picture lovers connect and share each other’s photos of our world.”
The annual photo contest attracted more than 7,000 images from over 150 countries. Contestants submitted photographs in three categories: People, Places and Nature. Judging consisted of multiple rounds of evaluation based on creativity, photography quality and genuineness/authenticity of the content.
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    Proof, National Geographic’s online photography experience, has announced the winners of the 2013 National Geographic Photography Contest. A stunning photograph of a polar bear peering up from beneath the melting sea ice on Hudson Bay as the setting midnight sun glows red from the smoke of distant fires has captured the grand prize. The photographer of “The Ice Bear” is Paul Souders of Seattle, Wash. He has won $10,000 (USD) and a trip to National Geographic headquarters in Washington, D.C., to participate in the annual National Geographic Photography Seminar in January 2014.
    Cecile Baudier of Jylland, Denmark, placed first in the People category for the image “Together, Alone.” Adam Tan of Selangor, Malaysia, placed first in the Places category for his image “Long Road to Daybreak,” and Souders’ “The Ice Bear” took first place in the Nature category. The three winning images will be published in National Geographic magazine.
    “The caliber of entries in the National Geographic Photo Contest continues to impress every year,” said Keith Jenkins, director of photography for NationalGeographic.com. “We were thrilled to see a global community of picture lovers connect and share each other’s photos of our world.”
    The annual photo contest attracted more than 7,000 images from over 150 countries. Contestants submitted photographs in three categories: People, Places and Nature. Judging consisted of multiple rounds of evaluation based on creativity, photography quality and genuineness/authenticity of the content.

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      I would like to hear the story of how the photographer was able to get so close to a polar bear.

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      Amazing photograph, but the implication behind this article is “Global Warming”. Scientists have discovered that we are now in a Cooling Phase, so Global Warming is now wrong. I’m sure we will warm again, then cool again, then warm again because the Earth, like everything, is constantly changing. But this article is misleading. Still great picture.

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      A very low quality photo (that looks fake) used to promote global warming propaganda!

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    • John M 2 hours ago

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      One of my most favorite photos was taken on my first roll of black and white film that I shot and developed myself. My all white cat came home with mud all over her from catching frogs. I put her on a old window sill on a shack across the street and took a picture. The cracked and weathered white paint and the mud on her contrasted very nicely.

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      What a beautiful photograph.

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    • JS 1 hour ago

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      What a cool pic. Still amazes me that these creatures are impervious to the freezing cold. They can swim during a blizzard and enjoy every bit of it.

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    • dogbreath 56 minutes ago

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      The photographer was obviously wearing polar bear repellent.

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    • Praxeology 6 minutes ago

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      Wait I thought all Polar Bear were dead from Anthropogenic Global Warming and Al Gore said the Artic Circle would e devoid of Ice this year. What gives?

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      That’s rather astounding…

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    • BM 3 hours ago

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      All of those photos are fantastic, but the polar bear… I’m a photographer myself, and I’d have had a hard time getting the shot with the killing machine looking up at me. Wow!

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