November 1-6, 2021
6 days / 5 nights
Photograph the majestic polar bear in the polar bear capital of the world.
There are few animals as iconic as the polar bear. The world’s largest non-aquatic predator, they are as a majestic to behold as they are to photograph. As the temperatures drop, they congregate along the shorelines near Churchill in anticipation of Hudson Bay freezing over, which is necessary for them to hunt. This is the best time of year to see the most polar bears.
We have been traveling to Churchill for many years and we love it. The town itself has its own unique charm and the polar bear viewing is world class. We are excited to share this experience with you.
With freezing temperatures, it’s good to have a plan. And when that plan doesn’t work, it’s good to have a back up plan. Wintery conditions make polar bear photography challenging, but also rewarding. We rely on expert guides to get us in the best possible positions. Often times, this means leaving a good position to go to a better one. It is this expertise, understanding, and creative mindset that makes our tour different. On our tour, we have dedicated evening sessions that teach you how to take your photography to the next level, which we then reinforce while we’re in the field. While our focus is polar bears, we stop to photograph other wildlife subjects too: arctic and red foxes, wolves, wolverines and aurora have all been seen on tour.
We have a simple policy. Ask us anything at anytime. You are going to leave this tour as a better photographer, with a better understanding of composition and post-processing, as well as a better understanding of polar bear behavior and conservation.
We work with the best guides, our friends, who are among the most experienced guides in Churchill. They’ve seen it all. When not guiding, they are also amazing photographers themselves and know exactly where to position our vehicle to give us the best vantage point to capture an amazing image.
○ Round-trip airfare from Winnipeg to Churchill
○ 5 nights accommodation in Churchill (double occupancy)
○ All polar bear guiding services
○ Photography instruction
○ All meals and beverages
○ Travel insurance (required)
As the Arctic warms, the sea ice is melting earlier and forming later. No sea ice means no platform to catch their main food source, ringed seals, which almost never come onto land. We will share with you the latest research and forecasts on polar bear populations. And 10 percent of proceeds from the tour will be donated to our conservation partner, Polar Bears International.
The tour departs from Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada. Please plan to be in Winnipeg by October 31st because we depart on the morning flight to Churchill on November 1st, the first day of the tour.
On your first day you will fly on the morning flight from Winnipeg, Manitoba to Churchill, where you will be picked up at the airport and transferred to our hotel. After a quick check in, we will head out in the afternoon to search for polar bears until sunset.
For each of the next four days, we will have an early breakfast and then we will be picked up by our guide who will drive us around in an SUV looking for polar bears in the Game Management Area near Churchill. We will search for polar bears all day until sunset. When it is safe to do so, we will be able to get out of our vehicle to photograph polar bears, while following the instruction of our guide at all times.
We will have one last morning to search for polar bears before we will make the short drive to the Churchill airport for our afternoon flight back to Churchill, where we will say good-bye.
A minimum level of fitness is required on this tour.
Please note that all guests will be required to sign a liability waiver.
Please contact us to make a booking or if you have any questions about this experience of a lifetime!
We take you to the world’s most amazing wilderness destinations, which were chosen based on our ability to offer our guests the ultimate wildlife photography experience.
Before the tour, we discuss (i) tour information (logistics, lodging, food), (ii) gear and equipment, (iii) photos on your “wish list”, (iv) what to expect, and (v) answer any questions that you may have.
10 percent of sales from the tour will be donated to one of our partner conservation organizations. We will also provide you with a briefing on the conservation challenges facing our tour’s primary wildlife subject.
With our briefing sessions and hands on learning, you are going to leave our tours as a better photographer, with a better understanding of behavior, composition, and post-processing.
We will never exceed 6 clients per instructor, and in most tours, the ratio will be even smaller. This ensures that you get the personalized attention that you deserve on our tours.
We work with the world’s best wildlife guides, who also happen to be our good friends. They are well- experienced, keep us safe, and put us in the best possible position to create a compelling image.