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.

Photo by Paul Souders,
Grand Prize and Nature Winner
National Geographic Photo Contest

Closing In

Closing In

Another one from our new photography tour in South Africa. Tigers in Africa? Yes

When we saw this tigress walking in the yellow grass, we decided to drive a bit further down and get out of the vehicle for a lower perspective. When the tigress got closer to us, she had this really intense look on her face – and I can tell you that it feels a bit intimidating when you’re looking through your viewfinder. When she walked past us, we just sat there quietly and enjoyed the view on this magnificent animal.

By Marsel van Oosten