Among the flowers

Martin Gregus's Image

Martin watched this polar bear cub playing in a mass of fireweed on the coast of Hudson Bay, Canada.

Every so often the cub would take a break from its fun, stand on its hind legs and poke its head up above the high flowers to look for its mother. Wanting to capture the world from the cub’s angle, Martin placed his camera – in an underwater housing, for protection against investigating bears – at ground level among the fireweed. He then waited patiently a safe distance away with a remote trigger. Not being able to see exactly what was happening, Martin had to judge just the right moment when the bear would pop up in the camera frame.

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 D850
  • 14–24mm lens
  • 1/640 at f6.3  •   ISO 100  •   Aquatech housing
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