The winning images in the 2018 Drone Awards were revealed this week, and top honours went to this brilliant photo of a polar bear leaping on ice in the freezing waters off northern Canada, taken by French photographer, Florian Ledoux:
“Polar Bears are facing a range of threats that are impacting their future population status,” wrote Ledoux. “They are among the first refugees of climate change. The most striking observation during my reportage was the obvious lack of pack ice.
“I aspire to bring a new perspective of capturing wildlife. I believe these images allow us to observe and document their behaviours from a new angle and approach, revealing the animals in their entirety as well as in a wider habitat and landscape. I want my photo to help conservation to create more Marine Conservation Area.”
The competition is open to both professionals and amateurs and more than 4,000 submissions were received for this year’s awards, across a range of categories including abstract, nature, people, wildlife, sport and urban.
Scroll down to see more of the best images from this amazing competition…