WPY 2016

Photograph Details

Finalist 2016

Impressions

Joanna Lentini, USA

Floe of life

As a polar bear feasted on the remains of a seal, Joanna rushed to change her lens. Losing her position at the ship’s bow, she noticed this dramatic shot to one side. The trail of hefty footprints and blood-spattered ice is devoid of the bear and its prey yet resonates with their presence.

A narrow ribbon of turquoise cuts through the ice at a natural break in the floes – prime hunting ground for polar bears. The bears mainly eat ringed seals, usually waiting for the seals to surface to breathe at holes in the ice then pouncing.

Technical specification

Canon EOS 5D Mark III; 100-400mm f4.5-5.6 lens at 140mm; 1/2500 sec at f6.3; ISO 500.


The Arctic Circle, north of Svalbard, Norway: latitude 65.23681, longitude -60.58143 The Arctic Circle, north of Svalbard, Norway: latitude 65.23681, longitude -60.58143

The Arctic Circle, north of Svalbard, Norway

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Joanna Lentini

Joanna Lentini, USA

From a young age, Joanna has been obsessed with the natural world and all its wonders. Her travels have brought her face-to-face with some of the planet's most incredible creatures. Through her images she hopes to inspire others to fall in love with and ultimately protect what remains of the natural world.