Top Shot: Alone on the Ice
Top Shot features the photo with the most votes from the previous day’s Daily Dozen, 12 photos chosen by the Your Shot editors from thousands of recent uploads. Our community votes for their favorite photo from the selection, and the Top Shot is showcased on the @natgeoyourshot Instagram account.
Researchers have found that as climate change pushes up Arctic temperatures, ice is melting earlier in spring and refreezing later in autumn. Your Shot photographer David Cothran discovered this scene of a polar bear taking a rest on a patch of ice. “We watched this bear walk across the melting ice for some time before it finally sat down and looked back at us. This is the bear’s unique world: the frozen ocean,” writes Cothran. “All around the planet the ocean is constantly changing - calm to storm, crystal blue to steel grey, liquid to solid. These cycles of change are enormous and ancient, yet fragile. How much longer before they are broken? Before the bear’s beautiful world is gone?” Photograph by David Cothran