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Polar bear photo tour

Polar Bear photo tour

November 7 - 14, 2020


Jim Zuckerman Botswana Tour 2013


Join Jim for a spectacular five and a half days of polar bear photography.  Instead of shooting from those monster tundra buggies

where you are 15 to 20 feet above the ground and photographing down on the bears -- a terrible vantage -- with Jim you'll be shooting

at ground level to get unbelievably impressive images.  Low angled perspectives give greater stature to the bears. The staging

area is Churchill, Manitoba, Canada, and we will seek out the bears in four-wheeled drive vehicles.  You will be able to get out of

the cars and take pictures from a tripod, and if you want, you can even lie on the ground to shoot.  We will have to be next to the

vehicles for safety, but this kind of opportunity to photograph the bears at eye level makes this trip particularly exciting.  We

should average 3 to 5 bears per day, and our local guide knows where all the best photography spots are.  This trip is priced

thousands of dollars less than most others, so this is an amazing opportunity for passionate wildlife photographers.


Limited to 7 people.



Tour Policies (please read)

Visit the photo gallery


Day 1.  November 7, Saturday  

Arrive in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada on this day and transfer to the hotel by taxi.  Meet Jim in the lobby of the

hotel at 6 pm for a discussion of the photo tour as well as dealing with shooting in snow conditions.  This is followed by a

welcome dinner.  Overnight at the Best Western Plus Winnipeg.


Day 2.  November 8, Sunday.  Depart Winnipeg Manitoba on this morning on Calm Air 7:15 am flight to Churchill.

You will have to book this flight yourself as part of your flight to Canada.  Arrive in Churchill at 10:15 am. We will be

met by our local guide and driven directly to our hotel. We will continue our discussion of winter photography and bear

safety. We then head out for lunch and an afternoon of wildlife photography. We begin to lose light at this time of year

early, and we are normally back at the hotel around 4pm.  Dinner is usually at 6:30 pm.  Overnight in a family-owned hotel.


Days 3 to 7.  November 9 - 13, Monday - Friday.    

We spend the next 5 days eating, sleeping, and photographing polar bears, ptarmigan and arctic fox.  If Northern Lights are

displaying, we will photograph them after dinner.  Only one night is set aside for the aurora if the nights are clear because

we all need our sleep to be on our toes when the world’s largest carnivore is in front of us.  Nowhere in the world, and nowhere

in Canada, will you have better opportunities to photograph these spectacular animals than on this trip.  During any part of the

trip, Jim offers group critiques as well as one-on-one time to evaluate your photographs and to give you professional feedback.

Overnight in a family-owned hotel.


Day 8.  November 14, Saturday:  Departure

You should book the 10 am flight out of Churchill to Winnipeg. The flight will make a stop in Rankin, but from there it will fly

directly to Winnipeg.  From here you can connect with a flight to your home town.  Please remember to book a refundable hotel 

night in Winnipeg for your return, just in case. Some people will try and fly out of Winnipeg the same day, and if the weather

cooperates, that's fine.  Be prepared, however, because weather in Churchill may delay your flight. Trip insurance is strongly



Tour fee:  $8750.  For this photo tour only, a $3000 non-refundable deposit is required upon booking a spot.  The tour 

operator in Canada requires this amount from each client.


Single supplement:  $780


Includes:  Hotel night in Winnipeg on November 7, all night's lodging in Churchill, daily outings in 4-wheel drive vehicles

in search of polar bears and other wildlife, all meals beginning with the welcome dinner and ending with breakfast in Churchill

on the morning of November 14, photo instruction and critiques.


Not included:  International airfare from your home to Churchill and return.  Items of a personal nature, alcohol, and trip

cancellation and interruption insurance, medical evacuation insurance.  Please note that you have to book your flights

all the way through to Churchill and back home.