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"Polar Obsession 2" by Paul Nicklen.

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King Penguins, Gold Harbour
King penguins in the surf zone of Puerto de Oro in South Georgia.
The penguin population of the island has soared in recent years.
In 1925, there were only 1,100 penguins.
The figure has increased 300 times since then. 

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Polar bears, Svalbard
Young male polar bears fighting in the light of winter in Svalbard, a group of islands halfway between Norway and the North Pole. 

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Leopard seal, Anvers Island
Fun and powerful fins, a leopard seal anything near Anvers Island, Antarctica. 

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I present a selection of the best photographs of the wonderful book "Polar Obsession"
by photographer Paul Nicklen.
These pictures are the culmination of 15 years of work photographing wildlife
in the Arctic and Antarctica. 
nicklen[4]Paul Nicklen (born July 21, 1968, Tisdale, Saskatchewan) is a Canadian biologist and photographer.

He received a Bachelor of Science degree in marine biology from the University of Victoria, British Columbia, in 1990. 

After University, he worked in the Northwest Territories as a wildlife biologist with Canada's Department of Renewable Resources. He studied species such as lynx, grizzly bears, bison, caribou and polar bears as a biologist before becoming a wildlife and nature photojournalist in 1995.

Since 1995, Nicklen has worked as a full time photojournalist specializing in the Arctic and Antarctica with an emphasis on wildlife and climate change.
Career


nicklen_01_thumb[1]Paul Nicklen is a contributor photographer for National Geographic Magazine. He is a Fellow of the International League of Conservation Photographers (ILCP).

Major exhibits of his work include Extreme Exposure at the Annenberg Space for Photography in Los Angeles, California.
Nicklen was a speaker at TED2011. His talk, "Tales of Ice-Bound Wonderlands", focused on disappearing sea ice as a result of climate change and global warming. 

Awards.


Nicklen has received awards from Pictures of the Year International, Communication Arts,the BBC Wildlife Photographer of the Year Competition.
A short list of awards includes:
    WordPress Photo First Prize, Nature Stories 2003
    WordPress Photo First Prize, Nature Stories 2006
    WordPress Photo Second prize, Nature Stories 2007
    WordPress Photo Third Prize, Nature Stories 2007
    WordPress Photo First Prize, Nature Stories 2009

source: Wikipedia
 
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