Levitating Ice

PhotographerAndrew Orr
PrizeHonorable Mention
City/CountryFlagstaff, United States
Photo Date03/11/2015
Technical InfoNikon D800E, 24-70 f/2.8
Entry Description

An iceberg floats off the coast of Antarctica symbolizing the effects of global warning as Antarctic ice melts away. The photograph captures the three states water can be in: liquid (ocean), solid (iceberg), and a gas (fog as water vapor). This image was capture right as a blanket of fog was rolling in from the Weddell Sea. This caused a beautiful halo to form around the sun. Loss of Antarctic glacial ice from 1992 to 2006 is estimated to average a net loss of 50 gigaton of ice per year. This alone accounts for global sea level to raise 1.4mm per decade (Shepherd, A.; Wingham, D. (2007). "Recent Sea-Level Contributions of the Antarctic and Greenland Ice Sheets". Science.).