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Martin Smart

Nanaimo, Canada

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Canon 7D with EF500 f4 IS lens
1/800sec f5.6 ISO 1000

This image made it through to the final round of the 2012 Veolia Environnement Wildlife Photographer of the Year Competition which is run by the Natural History Museum and BBC Wildlife Magazine

WINNER of the Senior Photographers Challenge in the #1 Favorites Group

WINNER of the Action Shots Challenge in the Nature Photography Challenge Group

WINNER of the $20 Avatar Voucher Challenge January 2012 in the Breathtaking Wild Animals & Plants Group

JOINT WINNER in the Make a SPLASH Challenge in the Naturally Black or White, Duo and Contrast group

2nd Place in The winner takes it all:Animals in action Challenge in the 1 Theme – 4 Challenges Group

2nd Place in the Group avatar challenge – january 2012 in the Creative, Talented & Unknown Group

Featured in “Photographers of RedBubble” December 2011
Featured in “Shameless Self-Promotion” December 2011
Featured in “All Creatures Great & Small” December 2011
Featured in “The World As We See It, or as we missed it” December 2011
Featured in “Breathtaking Wild Animals & Plants” December 2011
Featured in “Amazing Wildlife” December 2011
Featured in “Wild Nature Photography & Writing” December 2011
Featured in “300+ Go Long!” December 2011
Featured in “Where on Earth is This” December 2011
Featured in “Closeups in Nature” December 2011
Featured in “A Love of Canon” December 2011
Featured in “The Great Outdoors” December 2011
Featured in “America the Beautiful” January 2012
Featured in “1 Theme – 4 Challenges” July 2012
Featured in “Canadian Artists” November 2012
Featured in “The Addicted Photographer” February 2013
Featured in “Amazing Wildlife Mammals” February 2015

Featured on Redbubble “Explore” March 20th 2012

A pair of Polar Bear cubs (ursus maritimus) enjoying a playful scuffle in the icy cold waters of the Beaufort Sea near 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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