These incredibly vivid color photos of Antarctica were taken in 1915

Early last century, Australian photographer Frank Hurley participated in a number of expeditions to Antarctica. He visited the polar continent six times from 1911 to 1932 — but his 1915 trip with Sir Ernest Shackleton proved to be the most memorable. These are the photos he took after their ship became hopelessly trapped in the Antarctic ice.

All images: Frank Hurley via State Library of New South Wales.

These incredibly vivid color photos of Antarctica were taken in 1915

In early 1915, Endurance became stuck in the ice in the Weddell Sea. Its crew had no choice but to wait for a southern gale that never came.

These incredibly vivid color photos of Antarctica were taken in 1915

Beset and drifting in the ice for months, the ship was eventually crushed later in the year. On the morning of November 21st, 1915, Endurance's bow began to sink under the ice, leaving the crew no choice but to abandon it.

These incredibly vivid color photos of Antarctica were taken in 1915

The men wouldn't be rescued until August 1916.

These incredibly vivid color photos of Antarctica were taken in 1915

A Sub-Antarctic sunrise. South Georgia.

These incredibly vivid color photos of Antarctica were taken in 1915

Glacier, New Fortuna Bay.

These incredibly vivid color photos of Antarctica were taken in 1915

These incredibly vivid color photos of Antarctica were taken in 1915

The chick of the Wanderer Albatross.

These incredibly vivid color photos of Antarctica were taken in 1915

Dog teams scouting a way to the land.

These incredibly vivid color photos of Antarctica were taken in 1915

The rigging of the 'Endurance' encrusted with RIME crystals.

These incredibly vivid color photos of Antarctica were taken in 1915

The ice-covered deck of Endurance.

These incredibly vivid color photos of Antarctica were taken in 1915

[ h/t Shootingfilm.net, where you can see several more photos ]