Polar bear in a peaceful slumber wins Wildlife Photographer of the Year People's Choice award

Wildlife Photographer of the Year
Ice Bed [Canon EOS-1D X Mark III + 70–200mm f2.8 lens at 200mm; 1/500 at f5; ISO 400] (Image credit: ©Nima Sarikhani, Wildlife Photographer of the Yea)

British amateur photographer Nima Sarikhani has clinched the coveted Wildlife Photographer of the Year People’s Choice Award with his enchanting image titled Ice Bed depicting a young polar bear peacefully drifting into slumber on a bed sculpted into an iceberg.

Sarikhani's winning shot was captured after a three-day expedition off Norway’s Svalbard archipelago. Amid thick fog, the expedition vessel altered its course, eventually encountering two polar bears. In a mesmerizing moment just before midnight, the young male bear climbed onto a small iceberg and meticulously crafted a bed using his powerful paws.

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Hannah Rooke
Staff Writer

Having studied Journalism and Public Relations at the University of the West of England Hannah developed a love for photography through a module on photojournalism. She specializes in Portrait, Fashion and lifestyle photography but has more recently branched out in the world of stylized product photography. For the last 3 years Hannah has worked at Wex Photo Video as a Senior Sales Assistant using her experience and knowledge of cameras to help people buy the equipment that is right for them. With 5 years experience working with studio lighting, Hannah has run many successful workshops teaching people how to use different lighting setups.