Photographer Konsta Punkka was just a teenager when he transformed his passion into a full-time career. Inspired by the stunning wildlife surrounding him in Finland, he's even befriended families of foxes. While his work often takes him further afield, the attraction of northern Europe and its animals remains. This shines through in his images of wildlife as they settle in for winter. From polar bears to arctic foxes, Punkka is happy to withstand low temperatures to get the shot that he's after.
When he's on the hunt for animals to photograph in the snow, temperatures can dip as low as -40°F. This means making sure that both he and his equipment are prepared for the chilly conditions. Some of his most challenging moments have come when on the lookout for arctic foxes, which he feels are one of the most difficult winter animals to photograph.
“Tracking them in the wintry landscape can often take up to weeks, and even when you possibly find them, you have to make sure that they never acknowledge your presence,” he tells My Modern Met. “This means long days of laying in the snow.”
Luckily, Punkka's tenacity has paid off. Not only with lovely photographs of arctic foxes but also with images of other wintry animals such as puffins and polar bears. See some more of his beautiful work below and follow his adventures on Instagram.