This incredible little bear illustrates perfectly the difficulties these creatures face, and also how challenging it can be to photograph them. Not more than two years old, this infant is all alone. His mother and siblings were almost certainly killed by another bear. He now faces an uncertain future fending for himself and any encounter with a larger bear will be perilous.
After 18 hours in a hide, sitting in perfect silence and total darkness, I was privileged to spend just a minute or so with this bear. In this image he looks directly at me having hard the shutter release of my camera, despite my best efforts to remain quiet. I was able to take only one more exposure after this; I would rather go without the shot than scaring such a remarkable creature in its own habitat.
Thankfully this final image is my favourite.