Shannon Wild. Polar Bear Portrait, Arctic.

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I lay on the cold metal deck of the icebreaker that had been my home for the previous week. I pointed my lens out of a hawsehole and was greeted with this view, only feet from my face. This male polar bear had stood up on his hind legs and we were suddenly eye to eye, allowing me to capture this intimate portrait.

Australian-born Shannon Wild is an award-winning wildlife photographer and cinematographer and a passionate wildlife lover and conservationist. Since 2004, she has worked for clients such as National Geographic, NatGeo Wild and the United Nations as well as various wildlife NGO's and non-profits such as Wild Tomorrow Fund, The Perfect World Foundation and Wildaid. In 2017, she founded Wild In Africa® - Bracelets For Wildlife as a way to directly give back to various wildlife conservation organizations.

Follow Shannon on instagram @shannon__wild.

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