Wanderlust Travel Photo of the Year 2013 – Landscape Image Winner – ‘Tornado Cloud’
In July 2013 I joined a photographic expedition trip on board the Akademik Vavilov to explore Spitsbergen in Depth. Embarking at Longyearbyen, our hope was to encounter and photograph polar bears in their natural environment on the Arctic ice pack.
Due to a particularly warm Svalbard summer it transpired we would travel to 81 Deg North before locating ice, just 500 miles from the Pole !
En route we explored much of Svalbard’s stunning scenery either from the ship, by zodiac or ashore on foot.
Upon leaving the Lilliehook Glacier on Svalbard’s west coast and whilst most people remained at the stern taking in the views of the Fjord, I ventured to the bow of the ship in time to witness a spectacular lenticular cloud formation. Luckily, I managed to take two pictures of the ‘Tornado Cloud’ before it disappeared.