They are usually pictured against a bright white backdrop but this family of polar bears where bathed in a vibrant reds, yellows and oranges as they watched a glorious sunset in Alaska.
The stunning shots capture the moment a female bear and her two cubs enjoyed the last warm rays of the sun at the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge in Kaktovik.
The bears can be seen gazing at the vibrant sunset and appear to revel in the tranquil moment as they bask in the array of colours.
Fading light: A pair of polar bears enjoy a beautiful sunset at the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge in Kaktovik
Photographer, Sylvain Cordier, spent three weeks following the bears to capture the memorable moment.
The 67-year-old from Alsace in France said: 'I was lucky because I was photographing a very calm and cooperative mother and her two large cubs.
'She allowed me to sit close to the shore in my boat. I found the female to be very relaxed, she wasn't at all anxious and so their behaviour was completely natural.
'One evening it got to about 6.30pm and I knew a sunset was imminent. I positioned my boat in the hope the bears would move in the right direction and then it all just happened by chance really.
'The atmosphere was absolutely extraordinary.'
Affection: The mother bear nuzzles one of her adorable cubs as they wait for the night to come
Family time: The polar bear mother and her two cubs huddle together in the snow
On the prowl: The polar bear family sniff around an icy beach as the sky begins to turn a beautiful shade of red
Commitment: Photographer, Sylvain Cordier, spent three weeks following the bears to capture the memorable moment
Twilight surprise: The bears can be seen gazing at the vibrant sunset and appear to revel in the tranquil moment as they bask in the array of colours
Glorious: Even the surface ice on the frozen Arctic waters begins to take on a red hue as the setting sun begins to drop
Settling in: According to photographer Sylvain Cordier the female appeared to be very relaxed and wasn't at all anxious and so the bear's behaviour was completely natural
Sniffing at the skyline: The mother bear is bathed in brilliant colour as she wanders across the snow in front of an incredible backdrop
Golden moment: As the sun began to fall beneath the equator the bears gathered on the ice to enjoy the spectacle
Photographer, Sylvain Cordier said: 'I was lucky because I was photographing a very calm and cooperative mother and her two large cubs'
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