Polar Bear photo tour
November 5 - 12, 2020
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 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 5, Thursday
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 6, Friday
Depart Winnipeg Manitoba on this morning on Calm Air 9:30 am flight to Churchill. You will have to book this flight yourself as part of your flight to Canada. Arrive in Churchill at 12:45 pm. 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 guest house.
Days 3 to 7. November 7 - 11, Saturday - Wednesday
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 guest house.
Day 8. November 12, Thursday: 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 recommended.
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 flight all the way through to Churchill and back home.