Where: Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, Alaska
Session 1: Oct 8-11, 2017 (2 spots remainin)
Cost: $6495 ($2000 deposit) (Includes air transport from Fairbanks, AK; lodging, meals, and transport during tour)
Instructor: Alex Mody
Group Size: Limit of 5
Highlights: The best polar bear photography on the planet, in virtually guaranteed wintry conditions
Overview: Polar bears are North America’s apex predator, and one of the most magnificent animals on the planet. And the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge in Alaska is easily one of the best places in the world to view and photograph these stunning creatures. Every autumn, dozens gather here to scavenge, as they wait for the sea to freeze. When the snow starts to fall in October, amazing photography awaits. This is one of the most incredible wildlife spectacles on Earth – don’t miss out!
This photo tour travels to Alaska's North Slope to witness and photograph dozens of polar bears awaiting the coming of winter. Every day we'll head out by boat to get up close to these amazing animals. And it’s not just any boat! We use an excellent local captain, with the best boat in town, which has tons of features geared towards photographers. The shooting is simply superb; after three full days of shooting, you'll have more polar bear photos than you'll know what to do with. In our downtime between shoots, we will get together for photo processing instruction.
The main purpose of this tour is to spend the maximum amount of time possible out on boat, photographing polar bears. It sold out in both 2015 and 2016, and we expect the same for 2017.
We strongly suggest you purchase travel insurance, and arrange travel to and from Fairbanks with an extra day on each end. Feel free to get in touch if you’d like to sign up, or have any questions.
Note: Wild animals are unpredictable and do not always do what we'd like them to do. As a result, we can't 100% guarantee polar bear sightings. That said, this is one of the best places in the world to see polar bears. In 2014 & 2015 we saw polar bears every hour, every day for 10 days straight, and saw as many as 25 polar bears at a time! If you want to photograph polar bears, this is the place to be!
Itinerary: Day 1. Participants meet early in Fairbanks, AK at a private air terminal, load into our charter plane, and begin our 2-hour flight to the Arctic! Once we arrive, we check in, have lunch, and head out on our boat for a half-day of polar bear photography.
Day 2 and 3 — Each day we head out to photograph polar bears, with sessions each morning and afternoon.
Day 4 — After our morning photo shoot, we conclude the tour. Participants then check out and catch their afternoon flight back to Fairbanks (included).
Physical Requirements: Like any outdoor nature photography workshop, a reasonable degree of fitness is ideal. Physical activity for this tour will be minimal. All shooting will be done from a boat, and there is no significant walking or hiking on the tour. Expect wintry, possibly icy conditions, and although our boat has a heated cabin, you will be exposed to cold and wind for significant periods of time.
Accommodation: The North Slope of Alaska has somewhat limited lodging options. We’ve reserved rooms at the best place in town. Rooms are “dorm-style,” with two or three beds to a room, and shared bathroom/shower facilities. That said, our lodging is clean and comfortable, and the food isn’t bad, either. All meals are served by the inn and are included in the tour price.
Tuition Includes: - Round trip airfare from Fairbanks, AK to the shooting destination - Shared occupancy lodging and all meals - All transportation during workshop - Expert instruction and guiding in the field - Image critique and Photoshop/Lightroom instruction.
Final Payment: An invoice for your final balance will be sent ~90 days before the trip. Your refundable deposit becomes nonrefundable 60 days before the trip.