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North Pole or Bust
Photographer: Walter Diehl
Location: Svalbard, Norway
Swimming for miles toward the polar ice pack, its wake lengthening to the rear, a polar bear nears its goal. The last leg is in sight, a chance to shake off the cool water, feel comforting ice under its paws, and hunt for seals.
Digital Alterations: 
crop, +exposure; finalist in 2012 National Geographic Expeditions Photo Contest
Camera Information: Canon 40D, 100-400mm @ 400mm
Special Equipment: