The reflection of the Polar Bear was an image I pre-envisioned. I spotted the bear wandering toward the edge of the permanent pack ice while on the small expedition ship M.S. Origo, around 11 p.m. under the midnight sun about 600 miles south of the North Pole. I knew the moment would not last long, so I ran to my cabin and grabbed my camera. I didn’t even have time to go on deck—I just pushed open the porthole in my cabin as the bear started to look down into its own reflection. I was able to make just one image before the bear lifted its head and walked off. For me, this image is about symmetry, simplicity, and natural beauty. Polar Bears are incredible animals, and capturing one looking curiously at its own reflection was a very special moment.
The photograph was shot RAW and then post-processed in Adobe Lightroom.
Josh Holko is a full-time professional landscape, nature and wilderness photographer. Dome of his credits and honors include: 2014 AIPP Canon Australian Professional Science, Environment and Nature Photographer of the Year, 2014 AIPP Epson Victorian Professional Photographer of the Year, 2014 AIPP Epson Victorian Professional Science, Environment and Nature Photographer of the Year, 2014 AIPP Epson Victorian Professional Creative Photographer of the Year.