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Martin Smart

Nanaimo, Canada

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WINNER of the It Takes Two Challenege in The World As We See It , or as we missed it Group

WINNER of the Avatar Challenge in the Just Pure Nature Group

WINNER of the Be Positive Challenge in the #1 Favorites Group

WINNER of the Qualified: 16 Features Challenge in the Featured for a Challenge Group

2nd Place in the Photographer’s Choice Challenge in the Through the Eye of the Lens Group

2nd Place in the Challenge Winners Only #1 Challenge in the #1 Favorites Group

2nd Place in the Anything Goes! Challenge in the Closeups in Nature Group

2nd Place in the Hosts Choice Challenge #2 in the #1 Favorites Group

2nd Place in the Best of Letter U Challenge in the Alphabet Soup Group

2nd Place in the Animal Encounters Challenge in the Canadian Artists Group

2nd Place in the Less than 5000 Views Challenge in the 5000+ Views Group

2nd Place in the February Avatar ~ Your Choice Challenge in the Your Country’s Best Group

3rd Place in the Welcoming 2013 Challenge in the Artists Universe Group

3rd Place in the Voucher Challenge for April 2012 in the Featured For A Challenge Group

Featured in “Images of Endearment” November 2011
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Featured in “Animal Captions & Confessions” May 2012
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Featured in “Peace Love & Tranquility” May 2012
Featured in “Alphabet Soup” June 2012
Featured in “#1 Favorites” June 2012
Featured in “Baby Wildlife of the World” June 2012
Featured in “The Power of Photography” October 2012

Canon 7D with EF500mm f4 IS lens
1/800sec f5.6 ISO 640

A cute pair of Polar Bear cub siblings (Ursus maritimus) playing in the snow on the shores of the Beaufort Sea at Kaktovik, Alaska, USA

The village of Kaktovik is situated on Barter Island, a small island 3 miles by 2 miles just off the arctic coastline from ANWR. The island has a large saltwater lagoon located on the east side which provides sheltered anchorage for village fishing vessels.

The village is inhabited by approximately 250 Native Inupiat “Eskimo” people whose subsistence has been dependent on hunting marine mammals and whales for thousands of years and in a tightly controlled hunt permitted by federal law are allowed a harvest quota of three bowhead whales during the hunting season.

The carcasses of the butchered whales are left on the beaches and provide an attractive food source on which polar Bears can scavenge. Pack ice covers this area of the Beaufort Sea surface for 9 months of the year and during this time the bears feed mainly on seals that live under the arctic ice. However in mid summer when the pack ice moves offshore the polar bears are often marooned on shore where food sources are limited. The bears often therefore enter the fall season hungry and have keyed into the valuable food source provided by the carcasses of he butchered whales.

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