Arctic Blue Magic

PhotographerRamona Heiner
PrizeHonorable Mention
City/CountryNossen, Germany
Photo Date08.06.2017
Technical InfoCanon 7D, F/5.6, 1/400,ISO-100
Entry Description

I took this image on a Zodiac-tour through the pack ice of Svalbard, almost 80 ° North. The blue color effect in this Image is called selective absorption. The short explanation: water absorbs other colors of the spectrum, so the one that's reflected back to your eyes is blue. Glacial ice starts out as white snow. As more snow falls, the layers below it become compressed, forming a glacier. Pressure squeezes out the air bubbles and imperfections, forming large ice crystals that permit light transmission. The top layer of a glacier may appear white either from snowfall or from fractures and weathering of the ice.

About Photographer

Ramona is a wildlife, nature and travel photographer based in Germany. While german is her native tongue, her passion for photography, travel and languages has taken her to many countries. She loves to explore new landscapes while experiencing wildlife in it's natural habitat. Whether in her own backyard, on safari or an expedition, her camera is always at the ready. To find out more, you are welcome to visit her Website: or follow her on Facebook. Ramona is available for commissions internationally, including photography assignments.