The icy interior of a glacier cave at the edge of the Turner Glacier that reflects the soft evening light of the mountain view outside, in Nunavut, Canada.
Photo credit: Artur Stanisz/Canada/Bronze medal, Northern Landscape category
The Global Arctic Awards is a international photography competition that gathers together some of the year’s most spectacular Arctic and Antarctic shots.
Photographers from 30 countries participated in the latest competition, with Norwegian photographer Audun Rikardsen taking out the Arctic Photographer of the Year prize.
Antarctic Giant Petrels (Macronectes giganteus) fighting over the carcass of a southern elephant seal pup on St Andrews Bay, South Georgia.
The giant petrels have a shoulder lock, a wing adaptation that locks the wing in an outstretched position, allowing them to hold the wings out when gliding across the ocean without effort.
When dealing with competitors on the beach they adopt this wings out position known as the ‘beach-master’.
Photo credit: Mike Reyfman/USA/Gold medal, Antarctica category.
From the glow of the aurora borealis to the symmetry of polar bears bonding, this year’s winning images show off the sheer magnificence of some of the harshest environments on Earth.