Photo: The Ice Bear

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 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.

 

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