“I was guiding a photography expedition in Svalbard in 2018, and while we were photographing this male polar bear, he suddenly turned around and started walking in our direction,” says Roie Galitz. “Of course, when a bear approaches, the most important thing to do is clear its path as soon as possible to avoid confrontation. So, we jumped on our snowmobiles and had to leave some of our cameras behind since there was no time. The bear approached the camera, looked at it and smelled it with curiosity. After he understood it wasn’t edible, he continued on his path. Polar bears are very intelligent and curious, that’s one of the reasons I love going out there so many times.”
This image was the winner in the Lesson category of the inaugural ROAM Awards 2019. See more of Roie Galitz’s work at galitz.com.
Nikon D850, AF-S NIKKOR 180-400mm f/4E TC1.4 FL ED VR. Exposure: 1/640 sec., ƒ/5.6, ISO 80.