WINNER: World’s Best Expedition Cruise Line | 2023 World Cruise Awards

Congratulations to our winners!

The results are in from our 2017 Arctic & Scotland Photo Competition! Thanks to all passengers who entered the photo competition, we received many fantastic images. Congratulations to our winners, Marek Niedzwiedzki, Peter Swain and Ken Gosbell! A big thanks to our judge, wildlife and nature photographer, Michael Baynes.

Check out the winning images below and then click through to our Facebook gallery to see our selection!

Winner – ‘Busy polar bear, yet checking around just in case’, by Marek Niedzwiedzki in Wahlenbergfjorden, Svalbard on Spitsbergen Odyssey

Polar Bear deep inside Nordauslandet

Competition Judge Michael Baynes says: “This image captures the true hardship of life the Arctic. With the passing of one life to sustain another, and the ever-opportunistic gulls waiting for their chance at the remains. The image clarity, composition and subject matter make this a winning image”.

1st Runner Up – ‘Blue Whale at Sunset’, by Peter Swain in the Greenland Sea, en route to Svalbard on Jewels of the Arctic

Blue Whale at sunset in Greenland Sea

Competition Judge Michael Baynes says: “Timing can be everything, especially when it comes to photographing whales. This photograph works as the whales spout and the reflection of the sunset work together to create stunning parallel lines. The warm colour tones add to the drama of capturing the moment the world’s largest known animal (Blue Whale) takes a breath before return to the depths of the frigid Arctic waters”.

2nd Runner Up – ‘Kittiwakes on Iceberg’, by Ken Gosbell in Bellsund, Spitsbergen on Spitsbergen Odyssey

Kittiwakes on an iceberg

Competition Judge Michael Baynes says: “The textures and colour immediately draws the viewer’s eyes to this image. This image conveys a typically Arctic scene- the gulls, iceberg, glacier, bright blue tones all work together to portray a summer day in the Arctic”.

See some of our favourite entries below!



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