Arctic and Antarctic images that will leave you breathless
The Global Arctic Awards is a international photography competition that gathers together some of the year's most spectacular Arctic and Antarctic shots. Photographers from 30 countries participated in the latest competition, with Norwegian photographer Audun Rikardsen taking out the Arctic Photographer of the Year prize. From the glow of the aurora borealis to the symmetry of polar bears bonding, this year's winning images show off the sheer magnificence of some of the harshest environments on Earth.
Photo credit: Erez Marom/Israel/Bronze medal, Ice and Icebergs category