Dmitry kokh photographs polar bears occupying an abandoned russian weather station

The award-winning image, given first place by national geographic

Travelling to Russia’s remote kolyuchin island, dmitry kokh came across some unexpected locals — a group of polar bears which had moved into an abandoned weather station. the moscow-based photographer is no stranger to wildlife, having filmed polar bears on drift ice, herons in their nests, and even seals and beluga whales beneath the waves. while he expected to run into polar bears during his 1,200 mile expedition, the new residents of this 1932-built complex proved to be a welcomed surprise.

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