Edition Print, Photography | 152 × 101 cm | Framed


1 in stock

Chromaluxe process on aluminium with sub-frame. Limited Edition 9/10.

A superb image of a mother polar bear and her cubs silhouetted on a snowy peak.  As quoted by Andy “The middle of March; 45 degrees below zero; 29 days of tracking at 10 hours a day; 7 hours from the nearest settlement; 3 hours by snowmobile from our primitive cabin; 3 frost-nipped fingers (despite all the gear); 15 minutes of battery life;… 1 priceless moment….this is the world of high arctic winter photography. On a commission from the BBC to photograph newborn polar bear cubs for the first time in off Baffin Island, Canada, this perfect family atop an iceberg proved more than ample reward for all the hardships and provided me with a very special, once-in-a-lifetime shot. Standing on the sea ice, just 40 metres away, I could not even feel the camera in the extreme cold, but as I peered through a rapidly freezing viewfinder, I knew that this was a moment that had to be recorded for posterity.”

Thanks to Andy 100% of the net profits from the sale of this artwork will support DSWF’s work protecting endangered species across Africa and Asia.


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Andy Skillen

Andy Skillen, a guest photographer, is a multi-award-winning wildlife photographer and photo-journalist who has documented the natural world for 28 years. Published on a global basis, much of his workload is on specific projects for the world’s leading photographic organisations and he is renowned for taking the bulk of his images on foot. Another side to Andy’s photography is his fine art collection with his work having been exhibited in galleries such as the Mall in the UK and overseas in North America and the Middle East. He also undertakes private commissions for collectors worldwide. In addition to the artistic side, Andy also leads groups on specialist photographic adventures in Africa, South America and the Arctic, and offers one-to-one and small group tuition on certain dates throughout the year for budding nature photographers both privately and on behalf of other organisations. For Andy, the power of photography has also been about the communication of the conservation message, and his collections are inspired by that rationale.