- Greg Gulbransen was revealed as the winner of the contest, which attracted more than 66k submissions
- He spent four years saving and planning for a photography trip to Canada where he got his winning image
- Recalling the moment he took the photo, he said: ‘I was so cold, I couldn’t feel my fingertips’
A lone polar bear sniffs the frosty air as sunlight illuminates a shroud of mist rising from the endless fields of ice.
This is the breathtaking shot which has been revealed as the winner of this year’s It’s Amazing Out There photo contest run by The Weather Channel.
In total there were more than 66,000 submissions from amateur and professional photographers all vying to win the $15,000 grand prize.
Greg Gulbransen from Long Island, New York, spent four years saving and planning for a photography trip to Manitoba, Canada, where he captured his winning image.
Recalling the moment he took the photo, titled ‘Fire on Ice’, he commented: ‘I said to myself, “I hope a bear walks into this scene” and sure enough this bear just walked into the scene. I was so cold, I couldn’t feel my fingertips and I was praying my battery wouldn’t freeze.’
Coming in at second place was ‘the world’s toughest selfie’ taken inside Indonesia’s Jomblang Cave, while a shot of an extreme storm hitting rural Texas scored third place. Dozens of other photographers were also applauded for their skill, with their images featured on the site.
Top shot: Greg Gulbransen spent four years saving and planning for a photography trip to Manitoba, Canada, where he captured this year’s grand prize winning photo – he titled it Fire on Ice
Scooping second: On Dale Johnson’s trip inside Jomblang Cave in Indonesia, few people in his group had the courage to climb the slippery rocks in order to get ‘the toughest selfie I’ve ever taken,’ he said
Third prize: By day Derek Burdney is a musculoskeletal radiologist, but at night he’s chasing storms – literally, and that’s exactly how he captured this shot in Texas
Climbing Matanuska Glacier: A lone climber on Alaska’s Matanuska Glacier, photographer Jim Nicolaus said that the ‘sun was setting and some dark clouds were building’
Galactic Rainbow: Michael Trofimov captured this Milky Way shot on top of Maui’s Haleakala Volcano, he said he thanks to there being very few cites on the island, he saw the stars shine like he’d ‘never seen them before’
Caught mid-air: ‘This Snow Owl was next to the road and I was able to capture it as it took off,’ Minnesota-based nature photographer, Tom Samuelson said of this shot
Playtime: Two foxes battle it out in this action shot submitted by nature photographer Jimmy Marz
Walking in the clouds: Gizle Manchester captured this shot of a family walking by Midway Geyser at Yellowstone National Park, she said: ‘Visiting National Parks is not just scenery and wildlife but an absolute experience’
Sunset gallop through the marshes: This image, submitted by Steve Lange, shows a herd of Camargue White Horses galloping through a marshy area in the Camargue region, southern France
Fisherman on the Dam: Shane Durrance said he caught this shot after sunset as three fly fisherman were crossing the dam on a small creek in Tennessee
Courtesy: Daily Mail Online