The 2016 National Geographic Travel Photographer of the Year Contest: Bride due to be married on the only day of snow in Shinjuku, Tokyo, Japan. The contest ends on May 27th and the grand prize is a seven-day Polar Bear Photo Safari for two at Churchill Wild–Seal River Heritage Lodge, a National Geographic Unique Lodge of the World. To find out more about the competition search natgeo.com/travelphotocontest. Credit: Stephane Mangin/National Geographic Travel Photographer of the Year Contest 2016.
Top: While it’s a familiar image around the globe, there’s no matching the experience of actually stepping on the Great Wall of China, an ancient 4,000-mile barrier. (Photo: Wendy Wu Tours)
Middle: Polar bear viewing in Churchill, Canada, offers a cultural immersion into an Arctic way of life, with a chance to view bears as they migrate from summer to winter hunting grounds in Manitoba. (Photo: Tauck.com)
Bottom: Jerusalem’s Western Wall, the tangible link to the ancient Jewish Temple, is an unforgettable site of prayer and ceremony. (Photo: IsramWorld/Shutterstock)
Photograph by @paulnicklen for @sea_legacy // Spending quality time with the polar bears along Hudson Bay, Manitoba. This is one from the past. I used to work as a polar bear guide out of Churchill as it was the only way I could afford to be out with the bears every day. Nothing but great memories of a challenging yet rewarding journey. To see where I let my guard down and a polar bear stole and started to chew on my tripod, follow me on @paulnicklen by natgeo
Here’s a little quiz for you! Polar bear paws are remarkably adapted for life in the Arctic environment but can you identify an adaptation their paws have that enables them to survive in such a harsh environment?