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a polar bear peering up through the melting ice of Hudson Bay, Manitoba
January 7, 2014

Bearing the Changes

"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," writes Paul Souders, who submitted this winning picture to the 2013 National Geographic Photo Contest. "The Manitoba population of polar bears, the southernmost in the world, is particularly threatened by a warming climate and reduced sea ice." Hear more about the winning image from the judges and the photographer » See all the winning images » Download contest wallpapers »
Photograph by Paul Souders

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