Polar_Bear_CH_6Polar_Bear_CH_6A polar bear (Ursus maritimus) walks along the snow on a cold fall afternoon near Churchill, Manitoba, Canada
November 5-11, 2021

Join award-winning, professional wildlife and nature photographer, Dawn Wilson, on a trip of a lifetime to photograph polar bears and other arctic wildlife in their natural habitat along the coast of Hudson Bay in Manitoba, Canada.

Churchill is known for its great photo opportunities with polar bears. Join me in this beautiful arctic destination to spend four and a half days on the ground with a local guide to photograph these amazing animals. We will also have opportunities to photograph red fox, arctic fox and snowy landscapes at the edge of Hudson Bay. 

Workshop information:
- Dates: November 5-11, 2021 in Churchill, Manitoba, Canada
- Price: $6,250 per person (double occupancy; $890 single supplement)
- Deposit: $3,125 (due at registration; balance due by June 1, 2021)
   (I recommend purchasing trip insurance.)
- Participants: 5 Polar_Bear_CH_3Polar_Bear_CH_3A polar bear (Ursus maritimus) walks along the snow on a cold fall afternoon near Churchill, Manitoba, Canada

We will travel to scenic Churchill, Manitoba along the southern coast of Hudson Bay to be in the bear's world where we will watch and photograph them as they wait for the water to freeze so they can go out to hunt for their favorite meal, seals. 

The landscape is stunning with rocky coasts, snow-covered tundra and boat ruins to frame your shots. 

In addition to polar bears, we anticipate also having opportunities to photograph red fox, arctic fox, willow ptarmigan, snowy owls and other arctic wildlife.

This trip is conducted by SUV on the ground — no looking down on bears from high above or being in noisy vehicles. 

We will meet in Winnipeg, Manitoba on the evening of November 5 for a meet and greet before we fly to Churchill the next afternoon. We will fly Calm Air midday on Friday, November 6 and arrive in Churchill in time for dinner. Once in Churchill, we will stay at a comfortable lodge right on the coast of Hudson Bay. This location is in the center of bear activity with bears sometimes even walking through town.

The field adventure begins first thing the morning of Saturday, November 7 with a professional, local bear guide. Field outings to find bears will be done from the comfort of two SUVs. Each vehicle will hold three photographers for comfort and space for gear. We will fly back to Winnipeg on the afternoon of November 11, with a short photo outing in the morning prior to our flight. We recommend booking your flight home on November 12 out of Winnipeg in case of any weather-related delays. Prior to the trip, I will send you information about gear, preparing for cold weather, and suggestions on clothing.

Arctic_Fox_2Arctic_Fox_2An arctic fox (Alopex lagopus) lies on a snowy rock while licking his lips near Churchill, Manitob, Canada. Why go with Dawn? Participating in a photo workshop with Dawn, recognized as a top-ten female nature photographer by Wild Planet Photo Magazine, provides the opportunity to get more personal attention from an experienced and passionate nature and wildlife photographer. Her goals for your photography include helping all participants with composition, teaching about animal behavior for better photos, instruction on how to create visual and emotional impact, and understanding camera techniques. Your photo workshop leader has a varied skill set and can provide a wide variety of photography instruction, including guidance for camera equipment, Photoshop and Lightroom, and how to get the best photos of birds, bears and landscapes.

During down times and as desired by the workshop participants, we will download, edit and critique photos from the trip.

Red_Fox_CH_1Red_Fox_CH_1A red fox (Vulpes vulpes) stands on a rock with snow near Churchill, Manitob, Canada Cost for Churchill includes:
- all transportation and lodging (double occupancy) in Churchill
- round-trip airfare to and from Winnipeg to Churchill 
- field instruction and guide services
- software instruction
- permits, fees and all applicable taxes

Cost DOES NOT include:
airfare to and from home to Winnipeg
- lodging, transportation or meals in Winnipeg
- tips for lodge staff and bear guide
- alcoholic beverages or meals in Churchill

I look forward to having you join the group in Churchill!

Polar_bear_Churchill_2013_2Polar_bear_Churchill_2013_2A male polar bear (Ursus maritimus) peaks up over a rock on a snowy day near Churchill in Manitoba, Canada. About Dawn Wilson

As a professional wildlife photographer, writer and Master Naturalist, Dawn travels extensively throughout the Rocky Mountains and Alaska photographing the animals of high latitudes and high altitudes. These animals love the cold and remote regions as much as she does, and she enjoys sharing her stories and photos to encourage others to see and conserve these beautiful regions.

Her work has appeared in numerous publications, calendars and photo exhibits, including Outdoor Photographer, Colorado Outdoors, Wyoming Wildlife, Defenders of Wildlife, National Geographic Digital, MotorHome and Colorado Life. She was also recognized as a Top Ten Female Nature Photographer to Watch by Wild Planet Photo Magazine.


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