Ice bear as sea bear

Martin Gregus's Image

In 2020 the sea ice formed earlier than usual and did not fully disappear until late July.

Martin watched the bears powerfully swimming away from the last of the ice. Despite years of preparation, Martin’s custom-built equipment broke, so he took this image by holding his camera on a pole off the side of his stationary, silent, inflatable boat.

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 200  •   improvised shutter release  •   customised Aquatech Elite housing + 6’’ dome port
  • Churchill, Manitoba, Canada
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