Silver / 2016 / Book / Nature

Arctica: The Vanishing North

  • Prize
    Silver in Book (Series Only)/Nature, Silver in Press/Nature/Environmental
  • Photographer
    Sebastian Copeland
  • Credit
    Sebastian Copeland

Arctica: The Vanishing North represents ten years' worth of immersive photographic exploration into the High North. Few landscapes convey Nature in its untamed splendor like the Arctic. Fewer still conjure respect like the seldom traveled and ethereal North Pole. Yet, sadly, even this largely pristine and mostly misconceived treasure is now in jeopardy. The goal in these pages is to pay homage to this wonderland, and draw awareness to its perilous plight. The vision presented may be poetic, but the book’s aim is pragmatic: to inspire a deeper connection with our biosphere; and help foster a market transformation towards a sustainable future.

Sebastian Copeland is an award-winning photographer, explorer, author, and environmental advocate.

Sebastian has led expeditions across the Arctic sea, Greenland and Antarctica, covering over 8,000 kilometers on skis over the ice and earning multiple records in the process. Among them is the first East-West transcontinental crossing of Antarctica via the Pole of Inaccessibility and the South Pole, a 2500 mile journey completed over 82 days.

An international speaker on the climate crisis for more than a decade, Sebastian has addressed audiences at the UN, at universities and museums worldwide, and many fortune 500 companies warning of the systemic transformations taking place in the polar regions from anthropogenic activities, and their geopolitical consequences. Sebastian is a member of the Explorers Club. He sits on the board of directors of President Gorbachev’s Global Green USA.

Sebastian’s mission is to bring the poles to the milder latitudes and help people appreciate its beauty and relevance to engage a program of global action on climate. Noted as a photographer “who has produced works that are of outstanding artistic merit and communicates messages of urgent global significance,” Sebastian has produced two monograms on Antarctica, and a third on the Arctic. He has directed two films covering his North Pole mission and record setting Greenland crossing. In 2015, Sebastian was named one of the world’s top 50 adventurers.