Polar bears took over an abandoned house and won Nature Photographer of the Year 2022

Dec 13, 2022

Dunja Djudjic

Dunja Djudjic is a multi-talented artist based in Novi Sad, Serbia. With 15 years of experience as a photographer, she specializes in capturing the beauty of nature, travel, and fine art. In addition to her photography, Dunja also expresses her creativity through writing, embroidery, and jewelry making.

Polar bears took over an abandoned house and won Nature Photographer of the Year 2022

Dec 13, 2022

Dunja Djudjic

Dunja Djudjic is a multi-talented artist based in Novi Sad, Serbia. With 15 years of experience as a photographer, she specializes in capturing the beauty of nature, travel, and fine art. In addition to her photography, Dunja also expresses her creativity through writing, embroidery, and jewelry making.

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Nature Talks has announced the results of the Nature Photographer of the Year 2022 competition. This year, polar bears took the victory. Okay, not literally: it was Russian photographer Dmitry Kokh who took the photos of these animals in quite an unusual setting. His remarkable image House of Bears shows a polar bear in an abandoned weather station. And yes, you saw the entire series on DIYP earlier this year!

Of course, there are plenty other stunning photos among category winners, runner-ups and highly commended images. Folks at the Nature Photographer of the Year shared them with DIYP, so let’s check them out.

Seeing polar bears in an abandoned house is definitely not something you encounter every day. Dmitry photographed them when traveling to the Russian Arctic at Kolyuchin Island in the Chukchi Sea. He and his expedition spotted the abandoned buildings, but heard that there was some movement. When they came closer, they saw polar bears inside what used to be a weather station. It’s quite an amazing story, as well as photos, so make sure to read more about it here.

Other than the overall win, Dmitry’s image also won the Human and Nature category. Another image from this series made him a winner of Animal Portraits category. Judge member Karin Van Couwenberg explains why they chose Dmitry’s photo as the winner:

“Decades after people moved out, polar bears moved in. Dozens of polar bears have been making themselves at home in abandoned buildings on an Arctic Island. The photographer recently captured remarkable photos of the bears peering through windows and standing on porches. Both polar bears evoke the emotions of the audience effectively.”

© Dmitry Kokh/NPOTY 2022

Nature Photographer of the Year competition is organized by Nature Talks, which is also behind the yearly Nature Talks Photo Festival. Nature Talks is a nature photography event with a wide range of genres: macro, landscape, underwater, wildlife, and storytelling. Besides inspiring and educational talks by world class photographers, Nature Talks organizes live Q&As, masterclasses, and portfolio and photo reviews. The Nature Talks Photo Festival 2022 will take place at the beginning of March 2023, and you’ll have a chance to select your favorite photo for The People’s Choice Award while the festival lasts.

The contest also recognizes category winners, runner-ups, and three highly commended images in each category. Take a look at them below, and find more information and more highly commended images on the Nature Photographer of the Year’s website.

If you’d like to see more contest photos from other years, click on the links below and enjoy!

Category winners

© Csaba Daróczi/NPOTY 2022, Nature Art category winner
© Clémence Till/NPOTY 2022, Youth category winner
© Sascha-Fonseca/NPOTY 2022, Mammals category winner
© Kazushige Horiguchi/NPOTY 2022, Underwater category winner
© Helga Urbán/NPOTY 2022, Landscape category winner
© Ernst Dirksen/NPOTY 2022, Black and White category winner
© Knut Sverre/NPOTY 2022, Birds category winner
© Dmitry Kokh/NPOTY 2022, Animal portraits winner
© Franka Slothouber/NPOTY 2022, De Lage Landen category winner
© Soare Laurentiu/NPOTY 2022, Plants and Fungi category winner
© Bernhard Schubert/NPOTY 2022, Other Animals category winner

Runner-ups

© Rupert Kogler/NPOTY 2022, Birds
© Gianluca Gianferrari/NPOTY 2022, Landscape
© Luca Lorenz/NPOTY 2022, Youth
© Craig Elson/NPOTY 2022, Black and White
© Juan Garcia Lucas/NPOTY 2022, Nature Art
© Tamani Cedric/NPOTY 2022, Human and Nature.jpg
© James Gifford/NPOTY 2022, Mammals.
© Martin Broen/NPOTY 2022, Underwater
© Zhengze Xu/NPOTY 2022, Animal Portraits
© Marco Maggesi/NPOTY 2022, Other Animals
© Csaba Daroczi/NPOTY 2022, Plants and Fungi.jpg
© Franka Slothouber/NPOTY 2022, De Lage Landen

Highly commended selection

© Yat Wai So/NPOTY 2022, Underwater
© László Tóth/NPOTY 2022, Human and Nature
© Matthew Sullivan/NPOTY 2022, Underwater
© Imre Potyó/NPOTY 2022, Plants and Fungi
© Juan Garcia Lucas/NPOTY 2022, Nature Art
© Andrey Savin/NPOTY 2022, Animal Portraits
© Raul Mostoslavsky/NPOTY 2022, Landscape
© Irma Szabó/NPOTY 2022, Black and White
© Arne Bivrin/NPOTY 2022, Human and Nature
© José Juan Hernández/NPOTY 2022, Other Animals
© Stanislao Basileo/NPOTY 2022, Mammals
© Juan Garcia Lucas/NPOTY 2022, Landscape

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Dunja Djudjic

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Dunja Djudjic is a multi-talented artist based in Novi Sad, Serbia. With 15 years of experience as a photographer, she specializes in capturing the beauty of nature, travel, and fine art. In addition to her photography, Dunja also expresses her creativity through writing, embroidery, and jewelry making.

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2 responses to “Polar bears took over an abandoned house and won Nature Photographer of the Year 2022”

  1. Markus Eissler Avatar
    Markus Eissler

    Missing a pillow under his forearms…😉

    1. Dunja0712 Avatar
      Dunja0712

      He looks like Easter European & Balkans grannies who watch what’s going on in the neighborhood :)