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Norwegian photographers Roy Mangersnes and Ole Jorgen Liodden have both been travelling to Svalbard since 2003 and in March 2015 published a new book Svalbard Exposed celebrating its unique landscapes and wildlife. This Norwegian-administered archipelago is the northernmost permanent settlement in the world and also one of the most accessible places in the high arctic to see polar bears, walruses, blue whales and a host of nesting birds. Svalbard has its own subspecies of reindeer and of ptarmigan. In 2014 Roy and Ole Jorgen opened the world's northernmost photography gallery in Longyearbyen, the administrative centre of Svalbard, and they also lead regular photography trips to the region.

Svalbard lies between 74 and 81 degrees north and covers an area of 63,000 square kilometres. 65% of the archipelago consists of protected areas. The Norwegian name Svalbard means “cold shore”. The islands may have been discovered as early as the 12th century, but the first recorded exploration was by the Dutchman Willem Barentsz in 1596. Subsequently the islands we used as a whaling and hunting station by various European countries and since 1899 coal has been mined here. Svalbard became part of Norway in 1925 and the islands now have a population of just over 2000 people, most of whom depend on tourism, mining or research for their living.
Polar Bear (Ursus maritimus) sitting on floe in vast thawing sea-ice landscape. Spitsbergen, Svalbard, August 2011. Second place, Mammals Category, GDT 2012 competion. Winner in ANIMALS IN THEIR ENVIR...  -  Ole Jorgen Liodden
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Ole Jorgen Liodden / Polar Bear (Ursus maritimus) sitting on floe in vast thawing sea-ice landscape. Spitsbergen, Svalbard, August 2011. Second place, Mammals Category, GDT 2012 competion. Winner in ANIMALS IN THEIR ENVIR...
Ivory gull (Pagophila eburnea) behind Polar bear (Ursus maritimus), Svalbard, Norway, July.  -  Ole  Jorgen Liodden
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Ole Jorgen Liodden / Ivory gull (Pagophila eburnea) behind Polar bear (Ursus maritimus), Svalbard, Norway, July.
Polar bear (Ursus maritimus) pouncing, Svalbard, Norway, July.  -  Ole  Jorgen Liodden
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Ole Jorgen Liodden / Polar bear (Ursus maritimus) pouncing, Svalbard, Norway, July.
Polar bear (Ursus maritimus) stranded on island, with full moon above, north of Nordaustlandet, Svalbard, Norway, September.  -  Ole  Jorgen Liodden
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Ole Jorgen Liodden / Polar bear (Ursus maritimus) stranded on island, with full moon above, north of Nordaustlandet, Svalbard, Norway, September.
Polar Bear (Ursus maritimus) on ice, Nordaustlandet, Svalbard, Norway, July.  -  Ole  Jorgen Liodden
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Ole Jorgen Liodden / Polar Bear (Ursus maritimus) on ice, Nordaustlandet, Svalbard, Norway, July.
Polar bear (Ursus maritimus) footprints in snow, on cracked ice, Svalbard, Norway, September.  -  Ole  Jorgen Liodden
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Ole Jorgen Liodden / Polar bear (Ursus maritimus) footprints in snow, on cracked ice, Svalbard, Norway, September.
Svalbard reindeer (Rangifer tarandus platyrhynchus) in snow, Spitsbergen, Svalbard, Norway, March.  -  Ole  Jorgen Liodden
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Ole Jorgen Liodden / Svalbard reindeer (Rangifer tarandus platyrhynchus) in snow, Spitsbergen, Svalbard, Norway, March.
Full moon over Adventsdlen, Longyearbyen, Svalbard, Norway, April.  -  Roy Mangersnes
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Roy Mangersnes / Full moon over Adventsdlen, Longyearbyen, Svalbard, Norway, April.
Longyearbyen at dusk, Spitsbergen, Svalbard, March 2009  -  Wild Wonders of Europe / Liodden
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Wild Wonders of Europe / Liodden / Longyearbyen at dusk, Spitsbergen, Svalbard, March 2009
Waterfalls from the enormous glacier front Austfonna, in evening light, Svalbard, Norway, July.  -  Roy Mangersnes
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Roy Mangersnes / Waterfalls from the enormous glacier front Austfonna, in evening light, Svalbard, Norway, July.
Polar bear (Ursus maritimus) in front of Monaco glacier, Spitsbergen, Svalbard, Norway, September.  -  Ole  Jorgen Liodden
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Ole Jorgen Liodden / Polar bear (Ursus maritimus) in front of Monaco glacier, Spitsbergen, Svalbard, Norway, September.
Svalbard reindeer (Rangifer tarandus platyrhyncus) feeding at sunset, Spitsbergen, Svalbard, Norway, April.  -  Ole  Jorgen Liodden
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Ole Jorgen Liodden / Svalbard reindeer (Rangifer tarandus platyrhyncus) feeding at sunset, Spitsbergen, Svalbard, Norway, April.
Arctic tern (Sterna paradisaea) attacking an Arctic Fox (Vulpes / Alopex lagopus) protecting its nest site, Spitsbergen, Svalbard, Norway. Highly commended, MAMMALS,  GDT 2011 competition  -  Ole Jorgen Liodden
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Ole Jorgen Liodden / Arctic tern (Sterna paradisaea) attacking an Arctic Fox (Vulpes / Alopex lagopus) protecting its nest site, Spitsbergen, Svalbard, Norway. Highly commended, MAMMALS, GDT 2011 competition
Arctic fox (Vulpes lagopus) yawning, near den on Spitsbergen, Svalbard, Norway, July.  -  Roy Mangersnes
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Roy Mangersnes / Arctic fox (Vulpes lagopus) yawning, near den on Spitsbergen, Svalbard, Norway, July.
Walrus (Odobenus rosmarus) underwater view, Edgeoya, Svalbard, Norway, June.  -  Ole  Jorgen Liodden
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Ole Jorgen Liodden / Walrus (Odobenus rosmarus) underwater view, Edgeoya, Svalbard, Norway, June.
Bearded seal (Erignathus barbatus) hauled out on ice floe, Kongsfjorden, Spitsbergen, Svalbard, Norway, June.  -  Roy Mangersnes
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Roy Mangersnes / Bearded seal (Erignathus barbatus) hauled out on ice floe, Kongsfjorden, Spitsbergen, Svalbard, Norway, June.
Ivory gull (Pagophila eburnea) flying near blue ice, Spitsbergen, Svalbard, Norway, July.  -  Ole  Jorgen Liodden
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Ole Jorgen Liodden / Ivory gull (Pagophila eburnea) flying near blue ice, Spitsbergen, Svalbard, Norway, July.
Little Auk (Alle alle) group on rocks near breeding colony, outside Longyearbyen, Svalbard, Norway, July.  -  Roy Mangersnes
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Roy Mangersnes / Little Auk (Alle alle) group on rocks near breeding colony, outside Longyearbyen, Svalbard, Norway, July.
Polar bear (Ursus maritimus) with cubs in front of glacier, Spitsbergen, Svalbard, Norway, July.  -  Ole  Jorgen Liodden
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Ole Jorgen Liodden / Polar bear (Ursus maritimus) with cubs in front of glacier, Spitsbergen, Svalbard, Norway, July.
Polar bear (Ursus maritimus) juvenile resting on ice floe, Spitsbergen, Svalbard, Norway, July.  -  Roy Mangersnes
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Roy Mangersnes / Polar bear (Ursus maritimus) juvenile resting on ice floe, Spitsbergen, Svalbard, Norway, July.
Polar bear (Ursus maritimus) in front of glacier, Spitsbergen, Svalbard, March 2009  -  Wild Wonders of Europe / Liodden
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Wild Wonders of Europe / Liodden / Polar bear (Ursus maritimus) in front of glacier, Spitsbergen, Svalbard, March 2009
Polar bear (Ursus maritimus) pair fighting during courtship, pack ice North of Svalbard, Norway, July. Vulnerable Species.  -  Roy Mangersnes
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Roy Mangersnes / Polar bear (Ursus maritimus) pair fighting during courtship, pack ice North of Svalbard, Norway, July. Vulnerable Species.
Polar Bear (Ursus maritimus) resting on the ice. Nordaustlandet, Svalbard, August.  -  Ole Jorgen Liodden
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Ole Jorgen Liodden / Polar Bear (Ursus maritimus) resting on the ice. Nordaustlandet, Svalbard, August.
Polar Bear (Ursus maritimus) standing on hind legs in ice floe seascape. Nordaustlandet, Svalbard, August.  -  Ole Jorgen Liodden
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Ole Jorgen Liodden / Polar Bear (Ursus maritimus) standing on hind legs in ice floe seascape. Nordaustlandet, Svalbard, August.
Polar bear (Ursus maritimus) in front of Von Post Glacier, Spitsbergen, Svalbard, Norway, March.  -  Roy Mangersnes
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Roy Mangersnes / Polar bear (Ursus maritimus) in front of Von Post Glacier, Spitsbergen, Svalbard, Norway, March.
Polar bears (Ursus maritimus) courting on ocean ice north of Spitsbergen, Svalbard, Norway, July.  -  Roy Mangersnes
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Roy Mangersnes / Polar bears (Ursus maritimus) courting on ocean ice north of Spitsbergen, Svalbard, Norway, July.
Polar bear (Ursus maritimus) male walking across ocean ice north of Svalbard, Norway, July.  -  Roy Mangersnes
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Roy Mangersnes / Polar bear (Ursus maritimus) male walking across ocean ice north of Svalbard, Norway, July.
Backlit polar bears (Ursus maritimus) courting on ocean ice north of Spitsbergen, Svalbard, Norway, July.  -  Roy Mangersnes
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Roy Mangersnes / Backlit polar bears (Ursus maritimus) courting on ocean ice north of Spitsbergen, Svalbard, Norway, July.
Female Polar bear (Ursus maritimus) with two large cubs on an ice floe, Spitsbergen, Svalbard, Norway, July. Vulnerable Species.  -  Roy Mangersnes
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Roy Mangersnes / Female Polar bear (Ursus maritimus) with two large cubs on an ice floe, Spitsbergen, Svalbard, Norway, July. Vulnerable Species.
Polar bear (Ursus maritimus) walking on ice, Svalbard, Norway, July.  -  Ole  Jorgen Liodden
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Ole Jorgen Liodden / Polar bear (Ursus maritimus) walking on ice, Svalbard, Norway, July.
Polar Bear (Ursus maritimus) swimming, Nordaustlandet, Svalbard, Norway, July.  -  Ole  Jorgen Liodden
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Ole Jorgen Liodden / Polar Bear (Ursus maritimus) swimming, Nordaustlandet, Svalbard, Norway, July.
Polar Bear (Ursus maritimus) in snow, Spitsbergen, Svalbard, Norway, August.  -  Ole  Jorgen Liodden
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Ole Jorgen Liodden / Polar Bear (Ursus maritimus) in snow, Spitsbergen, Svalbard, Norway, August.
Polar Bear (Ursus maritimus) swimming in almost frozen ocean. Spitsbergen, Svalbard, August.  -  Ole Jorgen Liodden
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Ole Jorgen Liodden / Polar Bear (Ursus maritimus) swimming in almost frozen ocean. Spitsbergen, Svalbard, August.
Polar bear (Ursus maritimus) attacking glaucous gull (Larus hyperboreus) in water, Svalbard, Norway, August. Sequence 1/3  -  Ole  Jorgen Liodden
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Ole Jorgen Liodden / Polar bear (Ursus maritimus) attacking glaucous gull (Larus hyperboreus) in water, Svalbard, Norway, August. Sequence 1/3
Polar bear (Ursus maritimus) attacking glaucous gull (Larus hyperboreus) in water, Svalbard, Norway, August. Sequence 2/3  -  Ole  Jorgen Liodden
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Ole Jorgen Liodden / Polar bear (Ursus maritimus) attacking glaucous gull (Larus hyperboreus) in water, Svalbard, Norway, August. Sequence 2/3
Polar bear (Ursus maritimus) attacking glaucous gull (Larus hyperboreus) in water, Svalbard, Norway, August. Sequence 3/3  -  Ole  Jorgen Liodden
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Ole Jorgen Liodden / Polar bear (Ursus maritimus) attacking glaucous gull (Larus hyperboreus) in water, Svalbard, Norway, August. Sequence 3/3
Polar bear (Ursus maritimus) juvenile resting on ice floe, Spitsbergen, Svalbard, Norway, July.  -  Roy Mangersnes
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Roy Mangersnes / Polar bear (Ursus maritimus) juvenile resting on ice floe, Spitsbergen, Svalbard, Norway, July.
Polar bear (Ursus maritimus) on ice, Svalbard, Norway, July.  -  Ole  Jorgen Liodden
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Ole Jorgen Liodden / Polar bear (Ursus maritimus) on ice, Svalbard, Norway, July.
Polar Bear (Ursus maritimus) at seal kill in vast sea-ice landscape at sunset. Nordaustlandet, Svalbard, September.  -  Ole Jorgen Liodden
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Ole Jorgen Liodden / Polar Bear (Ursus maritimus) at seal kill in vast sea-ice landscape at sunset. Nordaustlandet, Svalbard, September.
Polar bear (Ursus maritimus) curled up on ice, Nordaustlandet, Svalbard, Norway, July.  -  Ole  Jorgen Liodden
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Ole Jorgen Liodden / Polar bear (Ursus maritimus) curled up on ice, Nordaustlandet, Svalbard, Norway, July.
Arctic fox (Vulpes lagopus) among flowers, Svalbard, Norway, August.  -  Ole  Jorgen Liodden
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Ole Jorgen Liodden / Arctic fox (Vulpes lagopus) among flowers, Svalbard, Norway, August.
Arctic Fox (Vulpes lagopus) resting, portrait. Spitsbergen, Svalbard, August.  -  Ole Jorgen Liodden
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Ole Jorgen Liodden / Arctic Fox (Vulpes lagopus) resting, portrait. Spitsbergen, Svalbard, August.
Arctic Fox (Alopex lagopus) portrait. Spitsbergen, Svalbard, July.  -  Ole Jorgen Liodden
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Ole Jorgen Liodden / Arctic Fox (Alopex lagopus) portrait. Spitsbergen, Svalbard, July.
Arctic fox (Alopex lagopus) resting in the snow with winter coat, Spitsbergen, Svalbard, Norway, April.  -  Roy Mangersnes
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Roy Mangersnes / Arctic fox (Alopex lagopus) resting in the snow with winter coat, Spitsbergen, Svalbard, Norway, April.
Arctic fox (Vulpes lagopus) searching for food in shallow water, Spitsbergen, Svalbard, Norway, July.  -  Roy Mangersnes
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Roy Mangersnes / Arctic fox (Vulpes lagopus) searching for food in shallow water, Spitsbergen, Svalbard, Norway, July.
Arctic fox (Alopex lagopus) curled up in winter coat, Spitsbergen, Svalbard, Norway, April.  -  Roy Mangersnes
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Roy Mangersnes / Arctic fox (Alopex lagopus) curled up in winter coat, Spitsbergen, Svalbard, Norway, April.
Svalbard reindeer (Rangifer tarandus platyrhynchus) Spitsbergen, Svalbard, Norway, March.  -  Ole  Jorgen Liodden
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Ole Jorgen Liodden / Svalbard reindeer (Rangifer tarandus platyrhynchus) Spitsbergen, Svalbard, Norway, March.
Two Svalbard reindeer (Rangifer tarandus platyrhynchus) foraging, Billefjorden, West coast of Spitsbergen, Svalbard, Norway, March  -  Roy Mangersnes
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Roy Mangersnes / Two Svalbard reindeer (Rangifer tarandus platyrhynchus) foraging, Billefjorden, West coast of Spitsbergen, Svalbard, Norway, March
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