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"Polar Obsession 1" by Paul Nicklen.

Wildlife
A polar bear leaps between ice floes young.
Barents Sea, Svalbard, Norway.
 

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A kittiwake soars in front of a large iceberg. Svalbard, Norway (p. 29)
A seagull flies in front of a huge iceberg. Svalbard, Norway. 

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In the Arctic spring, meltwater channels drain toward and down a seal hole, returning to the sea. (p. 71)
Spring in the Arctic and melting. 

Floe Edge
A group of narwhals chasing a school of Arctic cod, in Lancaster Sound, Nunavut, Canada. 

Leopard Seal Story
A baby penguin attentive to the arrival of their main predator:
leopard seals in Port Lockroy, Antarctic Peninsula.
 

Leopard Seal Story
A leopard seal than 500 kilograms, the top predator of the Southern Ocean in Antarctica. 

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A large bull walrus returns to the shores of Prins Karl Forland after diving and feeding on clams. Svalbard, Norway (p. 150)
A walrus returns to shore after a long dive for seafood in Svalbard, Norway. 

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Mother bear and two-year-old cub drift on glacier ice.
Hudson Strait, Nunavut, Canada (p. 77)
A polar bear and her cria adrift on an ice floe in the Hudson Strait, Nunavut, Canada. 

Wildlife
A beautiful animal, with an uncertain future, in Leif Fjorden, Spitsbergen, Norway. 

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Young chinstrap penguins walk on an iceberg near Anvers Island, Antarctica. 

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Gentoo penguins make a first contact with the Antarctic seawater.
They have good reason to be wary of predators that lurk.
The penguins are important in the diet of leopard seals. 

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Narwhals in spring
During the spring the ice begins to melt and narwhals are pushing the cracks as they move.
The annual migration also brings within the scope of human hunters. 

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Gaviota blanca, Hornsund
A white seagull, a fjord in Spitsbergen, the largest island of Svalbard.
Glacial ice covers more than half the area of ​​the archipelago, which is 400 miles (640 kilometers) north of mainland Norway. 

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Walrus, Svalbard
Both male and female walruses have tusks, canine teeth that actually use to help them leave the ice and also to break the ice and to breathe underwater. 

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Sea Elephant cub, South Georgia
An elephant seal pup plays in a freshwater stream in South Georgia, a place in the remote British South Atlantic.
Hundreds of thousands of southern elephant seals come to the island each summer to breed and raise their children. 

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Elephant Seals, St. Andrews Bay
During the breeding season, the beaches of South Georgia become bloody battlefields of elephant seals.
Males can grow up to 6 meters long and stepping up to 4,000 kg  The book celebrates the ecosystems of the Arctic and Antarctic and discusses the urgent need to halt global warming, which threatens its existence.

 

Photographer Paul Nicklen sitting on the edge of an ice floe.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_01Paul 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

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