In one of the most remote places in the world, National Geographic photographer Cory Richards made his first ever attempt at photographing a polar bear in its natural environment.
But, what he didn’t expect was for the polar bear to charge at him.
In the Russian Arctic, only 560 miles away from the North Pole, Richards braved the rugged environment with the Pristine Seas expedition to get up close and personal with one of the world’s most majestic, but dangerous species.
In order to capture the best shots of a polar bear they spotted off in the distance, Richards hopped out of their boat and onto the shore to set up a time-lapse camera and small video camera.
After setting up his equipment, watch what happens when the team drew attention to themselves by launching a drone.
Richards himself admitted how risky the move was. “I’m willfully jumping onto the beach, with a very hungry bear, who has lost the opportunity to escape with the ice pack. I’m now food. I’m part of the food chain. And I’m certainly not the top of it,” he said.
Ultimately, he was able to capture the images he was after and thankfully no one was harmed in the process.
Videos like these give you a whole new appreciation for the lengths wildlife photographers and videographers go to bring awareness to the world’s most special species.