27/11/2012 10:02 GMT | Updated 27/11/2012 10:10 GMT

Anna Henly's Arctic Fox And More Gems From The Veolia Environment Photographer Of The Year Archives

Padding out of the snow, this Arctic fox blends almost completely into the blank landscape behind him.

The image, snapped by photographer Anna Henly, was a highly commended entry for the Veolia Environment Photographer of the Year competition in 2007.

We're tempted to write something tenuous here about how the cold weather is making us think of baby polar bears, penguins and all things cute and fluffy, but it all seems a bit tenuous when an image is this majestic.

Submitted in the Nature in Black & White category, the shot was captured using a Canon EOS 1 Ds Mark II.

Henley said: "Heavy with Arctic gear and stuck between rocks covered in salty sea-ice, I watched a group of Arctic foxes by Hudson Bay, Canada.

"They were patrolling the beach looking for food. One spotted me, emerging out of the mist, and came so close I could have stroked its fur."

Henly's work - a polar bear marooned on cracking ice - also featured in this year's winning entries for the competition.

Now in its 48th year, the awards are judged by a panel of industry-recognised professionals, and the images, submitted by professional and amateur photographers alike, are selected for their creativity, artistry and technical complexity.

The 2013 the competition is open for entries from 17 December – 22 February 2013.

Veolia winners from 2012

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