22 Incredible Images From 2018’s National Geographic Traveller Photographer Of The Year

Considered one of the world’s last great wildernesses, the remote Norwegian archipelago of Svalbard is home to a wealth of wildlife and breathtaking landscapes as these stunning pictures show.

Award-winning photographer Renato Granieri spends seasons sailing around the ice-cold area on an expedition boat for adventure travel company G Adventures.

Scroll down to catch a glimpse of some of Granieri’s mesmerising pictures.

1. Granieri, Who Is Originally From The Warmer Reaches Of Sardinia, Told Mailonline Travel That He First Visiting Svalbard In 2012 And Instantly Fell In Love With The Place. Above, A Walrus Strikes A Pose On A Piece Of Ice

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2. An Arctic Fox, Seen With Its Summer Coat, Dashes Across The Mossy Landscape

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3. This Shot In The Winter While Travelling Around Svalbard. He Says The Light Changes Dramatically Throughout The Year

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4. A Black-Legged Kittiwake Swoops In Front Of A Piercing Blue Iceberg. The Bird Is Common In The Arctic And There Are A Number Of Colonies Around Svalbard

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5. A Walrus Sits On A Sheet Of Ice With A Dramatic Cloudy Landscape Behind. The Large Flippered Marine Mammals Can Grow Up To 12 Feet Long

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6. A Polar Bear Leaps Across The Water From One Floating Piece Of Ice To Another. Their Powerful Claws Prevent Them From Falling On The Slippy Surface

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7. Walrus Has Been A Protected Species In Svalbard Since 1952 As Hunting During The 19th Century Almost Obliterated The Population

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8. The Fjords Around Svalbard Feature Mirror-Like Inlets Surrounded By Steep, Snow-Dusted Cliffs

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9. ‘There’s Something About The Polar Regions That Always Gets Under My Mediterranean Skin – The Sheer Beauty Of The Landscapes And The Struggle For Survival Endured By Resident Species Is Thrilling To Document’

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10. Wildlife And Travel Photography, Earning Commissions From Newspapers, Magazines, Tour Operators And Tourist Boards

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11. A Polar Bear Sniffs The Air, Using Its Powerful Sense Of Smell To Scout Out Its Surroundings

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12. Along With Extensive Travels Around The Arctic, Granieri Has Visited Almost 70 Countries While Working As A Photographer

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13. The Svalbard Archipelago Consists Of Three Main Islands Including Spitsbergen (The Largest Island), Nordaustlandet And EdgeøYa

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14. A Walrus Takes A Nap On The Ice With A Pink Glow Cast Over A Mountain Range Behind

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15. Birds Are One Of His Favourite Subjects Because They ‘Never Stay Still And There’S Great Opportunity For Action Shots’

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16. Two Arctic Foxes Gleefully Bound Along With A Bird They’Ve Managed To Catch

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17. A Bird Swoops Over The Ice With A Golden Glow Forming In The Frosty Air

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18. It’s Fascinating Seeing Svalbard At Different Times Of The Year, As The Sea Ice Melts And Starts To Form Again

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19. A Giant Chunk Of Ice Floats In The Water. Typically, Around One-Tenth Of The Volume Of An Iceberg Is Seen Above Water

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20. There’s Nothing Like The Excitement Of Spotting A Polar Bear. He’s Still Enthralled By The Majestic Creatures

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21. Alkefjellet, On The Island Of Spitsbergen In The Svalbard Archipelago, Is Home To Around 60,000 Breeding Pairs Of Guillemot In The Summer, With Birds Dipping And Diving Everywhere

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22. Walrus Has Been A Protected Species In Svalbard Since 1952 As Hunting During The 19Th Century Almost Obliterated The Population

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Source: dailymail.co

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