Photo © Simon Heather

Photo of the year

Above The Polar Bear

Above The Polar Bear
by Florian Ledoux

The image reveals the polar bear’s habitat during the summer in the Marine Protected Area of Lancaster Sound, displaying the animal leaping between pieces of ice. Polar Bears depend on the sea ice as a platform for hunting. Polar Bears are facing a range of threats that are impacting their future population status. They are among the first refugees of climate change. The most striking observation during my reportage was the obvious lack of pack ice. I aspire to, bring a new perspective of capturing wildlife. I believe these images allow us to observe and document their behaviors from a new angle and approach, revealing the animals in their entirety as well as in a wider habitat and landscape. I want my photo to help conservation to create more Marine Conservation Area.