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Zander and the Polar Bear

While alone watching the fish swim in the polar bear pool, the bear decided to take a swim, swam by, saw my son, and approached the window for a better look. If...
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While alone watching the fish swim in the polar bear pool, the bear decided to take a swim, swam by, saw my son, and approached the window for a better look. If he hadn't asked me to photograph the fish, I would not have been prepared with the proper settings for this shot. Soon after, the area was crawling with people, so we were lucky in many ways.
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Awards

Contest Finalist in All About Water Photo Contest
Top Shot Award
Contest Finalist in Bears Photo Contest
Runner Up in People And Animals Photo Contest
Contest Finalist in People And Animals Photo Contest
Contest Finalist in Animals And Water Photo Contest
Contest Finalist in Water Photo Contest 2017
Runner Up in We Love Animals Photo Contest
Contest Finalist in We Love Animals Photo Contest
Member Selection Award
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Contest Finalist in Through The Window Photo Contest
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Peer Award
Absolute Masterpiece
Superb Composition
Top Choice
Magnificent Capture
Outstanding Creativity
All Star
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Superior Skill
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Genius
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Submitted to Photo Contests

Top ClassTM

All About Water Photo ContestTop 10 class
Anything Animals Photo ContestTop 10 class
Anything Animals Photo ContestTop 10 class week 1
The Swag ProjectTop 10 class
The Swag ProjectTop 10 class week 1
The Wonders of the World Photo ContestTop 10 class
The Wonders of the World Photo ContestTop 10 class week 1
Bears Photo ContestTop 20 class
Bears Photo ContestTop 20 class week 1
World Photography Day Photo Contest 2018Top 10 class
World Photography Day Photo Contest 2018Top 10 class week 2
World Photography Day Photo Contest 2018Top 10 class week 1
Anything People Photo ContestTop 10 class
Anything People Photo ContestTop 10 class week 1
Everything Nature Photo ContestTop 10 class
Everything Nature Photo ContestTop 10 class week 1
The Talent AwardsTop 10 class
People And Animals Photo ContestTop 10 class
People And Animals Photo ContestTop 10 class week 1
Animals And Water Photo ContestTop 10 class
Animals And Water Photo ContestTop 10 class week 1
World Photography Day Photo ContestTop 10 class
World Photography Day Photo ContestTop 10 class week 2
World Photography Day Photo ContestTop 10 class week 1
Water Photo Contest 2017Top 10 class
Water Photo Contest 2017Top 10 class week 1
Architectural Masterpieces Photo ContestTop 10 class
Architectural Masterpieces Photo ContestTop 10 class week 1
We Love Animals Photo ContestTop 10 class
We Love Animals Photo ContestTop 10 class week 1
Image of the Year Photo Contest 2016Top 10 class
Image of the Year Photo Contest 2016Top 10 class week 1
Our Natural World Photo ContestTop 10 class
Our Natural World Photo ContestTop 10 class week 1
My Best Shot Photo Contest Vol 1Top 10 class
My Best Shot Photo Contest Vol 1Top 10 class week 2
My Best Shot Photo Contest Vol 1Top 10 class week 1
The Battle Of Advanced Photo ContestTop 20 class
The Battle Of Advanced Photo ContestTop 20 class month 1
The Battle Of Advanced Photo ContestTop 20 class week 3
The Battle Of Advanced Photo ContestTop 20 class week 2
The Battle Of Advanced Photo ContestTop 10 class week 1
Through The Window Photo ContestTop 10 class
Through The Window Photo ContestTop 10 class week 1
Image Of The Month Photo Contest Vol 8Top 10 class
Image Of The Month Photo Contest Vol 8Top 10 class week 1

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106 Comments | Report
SteveKennedy17
 
SteveKennedy17 March 22, 2016
What a brilliant picture
nikonkat PRO
 
nikonkat March 23, 2016
incredible shot... Love it.
nornots PRO
 
nornots March 25, 2016
Awesome shot
michaelstephens PRO+
 
michaelstephens March 26, 2016
Truly a fantastic capture.
ReneeBlake PRO+
 
ReneeBlake April 01, 2016
Fantastic image !!!
JinxiGurl PRO
 
JinxiGurl April 04, 2016
One of my all time favourite pics on viewbug! I love that one can also see your son's expression in the glass. Brilliant photo Congrats!
Hangingheart Premium
 
Hangingheart April 10, 2016
What a great shot! I am on my cell can't tell if my award to you went through...will check on my computer when I get a chance!
adavies PRO
 
adavies April 22, 2016
Great capture! Nicely done! If you haven't done so already, please consider joining my Animal Antics challenge:)
viewbug.com/challenge/animal-antics-epic-or-fail-photo-challenge-by-adavies
bendikstalheim PRO+
 
bendikstalheim May 14, 2016
Magnificent picture! Good job!
brandiulrichlogsdon
 
brandiulrichlogsdon May 17, 2016
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brandiulrichlogsdon
 
brandiulrichlogsdon May 17, 2016
This is magnificent. Such a well timed photo. The colors are so brilliant. I truly love this photo.
lukakwiatkowsky PRO
 
lukakwiatkowsky May 17, 2016
Wow ! Breath taking
vwhiteman
 
vwhiteman May 17, 2016
woah amazing
pamwemhaner
 
pamwemhaner May 17, 2016
This is an awesome photo. The light on the little boy's ears speaks to his expression.
westlightart PRO
 
westlightart May 18, 2016
great picture
alistairhunt PRO+
 
alistairhunt May 18, 2016
What a great shot!!!
AnnuO
 
AnnuO May 18, 2016
Congratulations! Amazing capture!
IanB PRO
 
IanB May 18, 2016
Fantastic thrilling shot. I caught my breath when I first saw it.
adelecarne PRO
 
adelecarne May 18, 2016
This is beautiful!!
Jasper13
 
Jasper13 May 18, 2016
such an awesome shot.
mstoltz1022 PRO
 
mstoltz1022 May 18, 2016
AWESOME CAPTURE!!
GoddessDigitalArt PRO
 
GoddessDigitalArt May 19, 2016
Speechless!
JDLifeshots
 
JDLifeshots May 21, 2016
Amazing capture! Congrats.
Svetlana_Sewell
 
Svetlana_Sewell May 21, 2016
Stunning!!! Grabs you by the heart!!!
lulupac PRO+
 
lulupac May 21, 2016
What an amazing picture!!! Congratulations on being a finalist.
louissmith
 
louissmith July 11, 2016
This is amazingly good.
tanjajensen PRO
 
tanjajensen August 01, 2016
WOW! Love this!!
catherinethompson PRO
 
catherinethompson August 01, 2016
Outstanding. What an amazing capture.
FOYT14
 
FOYT14 August 01, 2016
NICE SHOT OF BEAR &KID GREAT STORY TELLER
uronmkwpn
 
uronmkwpn August 02, 2016
LOVE this
RILBriers
 
RILBriers August 16, 2016
wow, fantastic capture!
marioshadjineophytou
 
marioshadjineophytou September 13, 2016
Amazing!
John-Snowden PRO+
 
John-Snowden September 17, 2016
Great Image
giannisjohnidiskritikos
 
giannisjohnidiskritikos November 23, 2016
Just Amazing!!
Brian-miller
 
Brian-miller November 25, 2016
beautiful shot
Catherine_Chapman
 
Catherine_Chapman January 11, 2017
That's INCREDIBLE! WOW!
garymintz PRO
 
garymintz February 04, 2017
Hello Bear
Simonschoo
 
Simonschoo March 28, 2017
Absolutely love this picture!
billmoffitt
 
billmoffitt March 29, 2017
Great on every level. Keep it up!
itssmee
 
itssmee April 22, 2017
Awesome shot, love all the emotion captured :)
luisdavidcosta
 
luisdavidcosta April 22, 2017
This should have won
Eddieuuu071 Premium
 
Eddieuuu071 April 22, 2017
Amazing capture? Winner!
nirupammondal
 
nirupammondal April 22, 2017
Woah, what a capture!
MaryAnne306 PRO+
 
MaryAnne306 April 22, 2017
Fantastic capture! Congratulations on your awards!
Bellatrix_B2
 
Bellatrix_B2 April 22, 2017
Absolutely wonderful!!!! ❤ シ
seantaylor PRO
 
seantaylor April 22, 2017
This is outstanding, well done!
dawnhynes
 
dawnhynes April 23, 2017
Fantastic picture, love it
Pamelabole PRO+
 
Pamelabole April 23, 2017
Amazing capture!!! Congrats on your contest award!!!!
: )
rachellmiller PRO
 
rachellmiller April 23, 2017
This is absolutely incredible. Probably my most favorite shot ever. Amazing lighting. The colors are perfect. I love his reflection. So cute!!!
Paulacook144 PRO
 
Paulacook144 April 23, 2017
Wow what a wonderful image. Well seen and handled.
dankuokka
 
dankuokka April 23, 2017
One of a kind!!
GundiMG PRO+
 
GundiMG April 23, 2017
Stunning... I absolutely love this picture!!!
elliets PRO+
 
elliets April 25, 2017
What a Capture. Unbelievable Nice Job
HeatherMS PRO+
 
HeatherMS April 26, 2017
Incredibly beautiful shot !
JacobShore
 
JacobShore April 28, 2017
Sureal!
misterscott PRO+
 
misterscott April 29, 2017
Talk about a photo with impact! Love this shot.
sharonamey
 
sharonamey April 30, 2017
Wow. Brilliant shot
justinbrodt_1871
 
justinbrodt_1871 May 04, 2017
Awesome capture. Could see this being used for a Winter Coke commercial.
jstrengthphotography
 
jstrengthphotography June 11, 2017
Amazing composition! Everything in this image works. In my openion, this is a million $ image.
calebgrosse
 
calebgrosse July 09, 2017
I am honestly pretty critical of images. But I don't think I will ever forget this image. Truly one of the finest images on this site.
mtdoc
 
mtdoc July 30, 2017
Awesome capture!
Wildpawsphotography
 
Wildpawsphotography August 16, 2017
This is absolutely beautiful! Seeing this honestly took my breath away. Amazing shot and great work!
Chris777391
 
Chris777391 September 12, 2017
Insane shot!
strat68
 
strat68 September 19, 2017
Amazing shot!
coyearcher
 
coyearcher September 30, 2017
Love this...
Sbroec01
 
Sbroec01 November 03, 2017
Stunning!
steventerblanche
 
steventerblanche November 11, 2017
Never to be repeated shot! I am in AWE!! INCREDIBLE!
artbypamelagarcia PRO
 
artbypamelagarcia November 12, 2017
wow, beautiful.
norioravecz
 
norioravecz December 06, 2017
This is amazing! Very iconic.
troughereyes
 
troughereyes January 10, 2018
Stunning!
maalden6471
 
maalden6471 January 26, 2018
This is amazing! I love it.
fabs
 
fabs February 13, 2018
Extraordinary
Elijahmossvisuals
 
Elijahmossvisuals February 22, 2018
Awesome shot!
Fotovida
 
Fotovida March 01, 2018
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Fotovida
 
Fotovida March 01, 2018
WOW,magic capture.
CaSun321 Premium
 
CaSun321 March 08, 2018
THIS is magnificent and I agree with another who commented about having an issue with the contests. Often the winners' photos are so edited and unnatural and with that is an unfair advantage in the award. Your capture is REAL and I think that is awardwinning REAL photography!! You have a MASTERPIECE here!!! The reflection of your son's precious sense of "wonder" ices the cake of the masterpiece!!! BEAUTIFUL!!!!!! BRAVO!!!!!!!! : )
stevehikida PRO+
stevehikida November 01, 2018
Thank you so much for the thoughtful comments!
Niqueki PRO
 
Niqueki March 09, 2018
incredible shot! beautiful
Naeril
 
Naeril March 11, 2018
Awesome pict, and awesome message too... great job :)
Naeril
 
Naeril March 11, 2018
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pixellimagery
 
pixellimagery March 12, 2018
Incredible timing, Steve, WOW!!
pixellimagery
 
pixellimagery March 12, 2018
ps. can just make out your son's face/expression in reflection on the glass ... I would be in total awe just like him, were I given the priviledge offered by the bear ... SUPERB shot, lucky or not :-) Ell
barbarabrock PRO+
 
barbarabrock March 13, 2018
This is such a memorable image.....
ambermundy
 
ambermundy March 13, 2018
Great job..
andreaeptonward PRO
 
andreaeptonward March 13, 2018
Amazing x
Shutterbug08
 
Shutterbug08 March 13, 2018
I'm not sure what exactly but there is something about the composition of this photo that gives it a magical feeling. The lighting and everything about this is perfect. Great job!!!!
stevehikida PRO+
stevehikida November 01, 2018
To me it almost feels like a painting that was adapted for a fantasy novel cover. The bubbles, lighting and color all combine to make it seem otherworldly.
DigitalDragonPhotography
 
DigitalDragonPhotography March 14, 2018
stunning capture, even more so that its done with an entry level DSLR !!
florenciasaade
 
florenciasaade March 14, 2018
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florenciasaade
 
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florenciasaade
 
florenciasaade March 14, 2018
BRILLIANT!!
ninanedelcheva
 
ninanedelcheva March 15, 2018
Perfect
paulsmyth
 
paulsmyth March 17, 2018
incredible capture in so many ways, congratulations
LCons Premium
 
LCons March 25, 2018
Fantastic
jenhere
 
jenhere July 17, 2018
Oh! My! Gosh!!! This is incredible!
michellewollettdennee
 
michellewollettdennee August 17, 2018
Wow that is amazing
ebenphotos
 
ebenphotos August 21, 2018
Brilliant capture! In my eyes, a true masterpiece.
Tasha7
 
Tasha7 October 08, 2018
Breathtaking photo!!! Truly Mesmerized!
Opticalimpressions
 
Opticalimpressions October 15, 2018
Though i prefer un-eddited shots such as this. if you could draw out that reflection of the little boys expression in the glass oh so slightly a money maker you will have. i'd bet the zoo would kill for it .
stevehikida PRO+
stevehikida November 01, 2018
I thought the same thing but don't know enough about post processing techniques to pull the reflection out.
Charlmuller9
 
Charlmuller9 Mar 07
My word this is beyond amazing. What a beautiful shot.
RoseBarnettPhotography
 
Speechless. I'm in ore of this shot, its simply wonderful. I love it!! The expression of the bear, the reflection of the childs face, the colours. LOVE IT!
martininglin
 
martininglin Jul 27
Unreal! Just.. wow!
charleneaycock
 
This is a wildlife category, the focus is on the bear. It is a wonderful wildlife capture. When entering it remember what you were truly focused on. The other thing I noticed is the reflection, would also do well in that category.
paulettebrown
 
paulettebrown Aug 19
This is a fantastic shot!
maureenrueffer
 
This is a fabulous shot
claudineburgess-CB PRO+
 
Absolutely stunning - A photo of Connection in a very sad way for the young boy only to see behind thick glass. Powerful message, if we don't look after our planet soon we will only see the wonderful creatures behind glass - and humans will suffer because the circle of life is slowly destroyed by humankind. I so truly love your picture, Steve!
keepclicking
 
keepclicking Sep 10
Fantastic image
dscphoto
 
dscphoto Sep 24
wonderful framing