Polar Bear photo tour
November 7 - 14, 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 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.