Heading for land

Martin Gregus's Image

Heavy rains had washed sediment from the Churchill River far into Hudson Bay, making the water murky.

To get a clear image, Martin needed the bear to come close to the camera he was holding on a pole from his boat. He was delighted with this unusual view of a bear’s rear paws, showing its adaptations for the icy world.

Behind the lens

Martin Gregus

Martin Gregus


Martin is an international award-winning photographer and documentary filmmaker who captures wildlife, beauty and people's stories. He and his father travel the world to document the ordinary through unique stories and techniques. Since 2014 he has worked as a guide, drone pilot, photographer and cinematographer throughout North and South America, Europe, Antartica and the South Pacific.

Image details

  • Nikon D810
  • 14–24mm f2.8 lens
  • 1/800 sec at f14  •   ISO 360  •   improvised shutter release  •   customised Aquatech Elite housing + 6” dome port
  • Churchill, Manitoba, Canada
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