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Hungarian documentary photographer Esther Horvath has fetched 1st prize this year in the World Press Photo competition’s environment, single category, the WPP announced in Amsterdam on Thursday evening.

The picture shows a polar bear and her cub examining equipment marked with a flag scientists had placed on an ice sheet in the Arctic Ocean. You can read more on the photo here.

Esther Horvath wants to show the full research story behind our climate data: who the scientists that are delivering crucial climate change information are, and how they work and live in the most remote locations and harshest environment on the planet, the WPP highlights.

Horvath has been photographing the polar regions with a focus on the Arctic Ocean since 2015.

Begun in 2016, her main long-term documentary project ‘IceBird’ has followed scientific expeditions investigating the thinning ice cover in the Arctic Ocean.

In 2019-2020, she photographed the work of German icebreaker Polarster, which is carrying out a scientific expedition in the Central Artic Ocean.

Her photos have been published by the National Geographic, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, TIME, Audubon Magazine and GEO Magazine, among others, the WPP noted.

You can follow Esther Horvath on Instagram and Twitter.

Featured photo by MTI/EPA/WORLD PRESS PHOTO/Esther Horvath