Grizzlies of the Chilcotin with David Hemmings

All bears are beautiful, however the Interior Grizzly Bears in the Chilcotin, Cariboo region are exceptional with their blonde and brown fur coats against the bright blue waters of BC. This workshop is ideal for those who would love to experience the “Old Wild West”, stay in a log cabin and have the opportunity to view and photograph BC’s amazing grizzly bears and bald eagles. Bald Eagles are around the river but the main focus is the grizzlies.

Your tour beings at Williams Lake, BC travelling throughout the Chilcotin region experiencing incredible landscapes from pine forests to desert looking mountain ranges. Be surprised to see white- tailed deer, herds of cattle and wild horses grazing on the range. Stop at the general store and you might run into a real cowboy, hat, boots and all. Experience the beauty of western Canada and photograph grizzly bears in their natural environments.

Photograph Grizzly Bears in the region from land and boat. In September capture these amazing bears with fall colors against blue river waters. Photograph bald eagles and bears fishing the salmon run. Bears are beautiful with thick coats and large bellies eating as much as possible before winter.

Includes: All accommodations, meals, transportation, photo instruction. Does not include flights or items of a personal nature.

Winner’s Profile- Mark Kelley



In springtime, before the salmon start running up the creeks, many bald eagles hang out on the icebergs in Tracy Arm looking for food. © Mark Kelley


How many of your images will win? The 2018 NANPA Showcase competition is accepting entries until October 1, 2017 at 11:00 p.m. EDT. The annual competition is a wonderful opportunity for you to submit your best photography and have it evaluated by three notable professional nature photographers- George Lepp, Roy Toft and Darrel Gulin .  You may even have your image published in our annual Expressions publication which features the top 250 images from those entered.  For more details about the 2018 NANPA Showcase competition, check out the website.

Over 3,300 images were submitted last year. One of the key NANPA Showcase 2017 winners is Mark Kelley, a photographer based in Juneau, Alaska.  Mark had nine images featured in the 2017 Expressions, including Best in Show for “Eagle Hell,” Judge’s Choice for “Hiker Inside Glacier Ice Cave,” and First Runner-Up for “Drizzly Bear.”  All of these images were made in Alaska and reflect the photographer’s passion for this beautiful state.

“Eagle Hell” Best of Show winner in the birds category for the 2017 NANPA Showcase Competition. A smudged up bald eagle use a discarded stool as a perch in the Adak dump where it scavenges on caribou hides and carcasses left by hunters. (See hide in lower left corner) © Mark Kelley

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NANPA Weekly Wow: Aug 22-28

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Each week highlights 7 images from the top 100 submissions of the 2016 NANPA Showcase competition. This week’s images are by:

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