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40 Years GEO - the best images

In the pale light of the polar night a polar bear mother searches for edible remains at a fin whale carcass whose bones protrude from the water. "The polar bear had to dive after the meat," reports photographer Florian Schulz. "Its young one was afraid and hungry." Over six years, Schulz photographed in the most remote areas of the Arctic. Through his work he sees as a chance to call attention to the beauty of wilderness. His aim is to create extensive wildlife corridors in which animals can move undisturbed. - GEO magazine


In the anniversary special edition, the magazine published the best photographs from 40 years of GEO. Florian was selected as one of only 5 wildlife photographers for this publication. We are proud that he is represented with two double pages.

The story behind the polar bear picture

Spring is arriving on Spitzbergen, and we start off to a sailing expedition on the North coast. Our goal is a small bay called Holmiabukta at the north-west end of the archipelago. The year before a dead fin whale had drifted ashore, and attracted many polar bears all summer. I had gotten word, that the carcass might still be there and attract bears. The next day we reach the mouth of Holmiabukta Bay ....

(Excerpt from Florian's book “To The Arctic)

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Über Florian

Als professioneller Naturfotograf widmet sich Florian Schulz dem Schaffen von einzigartigen Naturaufnahmen. Seine Bilder werden in Magazinen wie National Geographic, BBC Wildlife und GEO veröffentlicht. Schulz stammt aus Süddeutschland und verbringt im Jahr durchschnittlich acht bis zehn Monate im Feld um mit seinen Fotografieprojekten gesamte Ökosysteme zu dokumentieren.

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