Every day at National Geographic, our photo editors look through somewhere between 4,000 and 8,000 images that are uploaded to our photo community. Of those images, 12 are selected to shine in what we call the Daily Dozen.
And from those photos, only one is chosen by you, the community.
Photograph by Joel Sartore, National Geographic. “Grizzly Survival: Their Fate Is in Our Hands,” July 2001
This month, I wanted to feature animal photos that have made Top Shot during the month of July.
But not because it’s rare for so many wildlife images to end up in the winning spot.
Actually, it’s the opposite.
Wildlife photography is a staple of the Your Shot community.
Your Shot editor Marie McGrory says Your Shot is, “a very international community.
For 15 years, Irish anthropologist Martina Tyrrell has studied the relationship between humans and animals in Arviat, an Inuit community on the west coast of Hudson Bay, where the townspeople are increasingly having to cope with a large and dangerous visitor – the polar bear.
It’s a Sunday afternoon in mid-October. I’m standing near the cemetery at the eastern end of Arviat, with a handful of other people.
All eyes are fixed on the newly formed sea ice where a polar bear bellyflops into the sea, hauls itself back on to the broken ice, and bellyflops again.
Inuit men and women, accustomed to close encounters with polar bears, seem to be no less in awe of this creature than I am.
There are gasps of delight at the bear’s antics, and informed discussion about its age, size and sex – and the reasons why it is behaving like this.
This is the seventh or eighth bear I have seen in as many days. Daily, I join townspeople on the dock near my house.
Binoculars are passed around as we watch a mother bear and two yearling cubs on the snowy slope on the far side of the town.
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