2023 Edition

Dustin Patar

Out for a Run, 2022

Iqaluit, Nunavut, Canada

Category - Polar Wonders

Out for a Run, 2022

A dog team races through pools of water that have formed on top of melting sea ice during an evening run outside of Iqaluit, Nunavut, Canada, in June 2022. Typically, from late December until June, much of the water in Frobisher Bay—a major inlet on the southern tip of Baffin Island—is frozen. As the temperatures increase, the snow covering the ice melts, creating large pools of water that reveal the turquoise-blue ice beneath it. For those who still use the ice at this time of year, taking advantage of warm temperatures and nearly midnight sun means keeping an eye out for dark patches that indicate thin ice, large cracks or even open water. While these dark patches are easily seen from above with a drone, it can be challenging to see them from a fast-moving snowmobile or qamutiik (traditional Inuit sled) pulled by a dog team.


24 mm f/2.8 Lens - 1/80 sec at f/3.5 ISO 100